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Pat Wray

Pat Wray, shown holding plans for the renovation of the town park, was recalled as chair of the Elmwood Village Board.

There's another vacancy on the Elmwood Village Board after voters ousted chairwoman Pat Wray in a recall election.

In results announced this week, the Cass County Election Commissioner said 113 people, or 57.1 percent, voted for the recall, compared with 85 votes against.

Of 418 registered voters in the city, 198 returned ballots, according to official results.

Wray, speaking to the Plattsmouth Journal, said she stands by the work she did on the board. 

“When you come in the south side of town you see new houses. If you come in the north end you see the beautiful park. The third cog in the wheel is Main Street. Just look at what we accomplished,” she said.

Last fall, three members of the five-member Elmwood Village Board abruptly resigned, leaving the town without a quorum.

Jack Hovick, Brody Baer and Mike Krass resigned following a year of what they described as drama and conflict on the board in which the three often butted heads with Wray, who Baer said was rude and made unethical and illegal moves in her leadership role. Wray denied any wrongdoing.

Without a quorum, a special election was called to fill the vacancies and Brandon Collins, Miki Burns and Trenton Shrader were elected on Dec. 12. Wray remained chairwoman of the board.

Hovick's wife, Geanine, spearheaded the recall petition, canvassing the town to collect the required number of signatures.

A letter with results of the recall petition was sent to Wray and the board in late December. Since Wray chose not to resign, the board scheduled the recall vote.

"When you're an elected official and you're not doing your job right and still using taxpayer money, that's just wrong," Geanine Hovick said Thursday.

Wray responded: “I’ve gone by this saying, ‘Win with grace and lose with grace.’ What they are saying I did wrong, they aren’t right anywhere. Only a snippet of it is half the truth.”

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Shrader, utilities chair for the board, expressed disappointment in the results.

"I think Pat did a find job," he told the Plattsmouth Journal. "The board will continue to function. I'm excited to start working with whoever will fill Pat's seat."

Shrader said the next trustees' meeting to discuss Wray's replacement will be on Feb. 28. Julie Anderson, who has the longest tenure on the board, will make the replacement recommendation.

Anderson said she already had a few people in mind, but had not contacted any of them yet.

"We want to get our ducks in a row," she said. "We have a great board. They are very supportive. I think we can move forward and do some positive things."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7223 or hmuslic@journalstar.com.

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