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After back-to-back executive sessions of about an hour and 15 minutes, the Antelope County Commissioners approved terminating one of their employees on Tuesday afternoon.
Eli Jacob, who also serves as a county commissioner, is no longer employed with the county road department as of May 7. However, Jacob still sits on the county commissioners board.
Commissioner Dean Smith made the motion to terminate Jacob’s road department employment. When Smith began looking through his notes and said, “Effective January …,” attorney Pamela Bourney of Woods & Aiken told Smith it must be effective May 7 because it could not be retro-dated.
There was no public discussion before voting. The commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the motion with Jacob abstaining.
Attorney Doug Stratton, who is representing Jacob in a county court case, was also present for the meeting and for one of the two executive sessions.
Jacob, of Clearwater, has pleaded not guilty to theft by unlawful taking, a class II misdemeanor, in Antelope County Court. The charge stems from an incident that occurred between Jan. 1-31, 2019, according to a complaint filed by Smith on Feb. 22. The complaint is for property valued at $500 or less.
Woods & Aiken is an Omaha-based attorney’s office. The county approved payment of $3,343.40 to the firm last month.