Local officials expressed shock this morning about the resignation of Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and offered kudos for the job he did as Hastings mayor and as the state’s second in command.
Gov. Dave Heineman announced Sheehy’s resignation in a hastily called news conference Saturday morning. Sheehy, a Republican, had been considered the front-runner in the 2014 gubernatorial race and had been endorsed by Heineman.
The resignation came amid a scandal involving thousands of calls to four women on Sheehy’s state-issued cellphone.
Hastings City Administrator Joe Patterson said he was shocked when he heard the news Saturday morning.
Patterson, who worked with Sheehy when Sheehy was mayor and a member of the Hastings City Council, said Sheehy always worked hard for the community.
“Rick Sheehy was a great mayor for us,” he said. “He had a very good skill set for that job. I thought he was a very good council person and he taught me a lot about the interactions of not only local government but he was also connected at the state and federal level, too.”