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Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy steps down
Rick Sheehy submitted his letter of resignation Saturday morning after meeting with the governor Friday night.
Governor Heineman did not elaborate on the reasoning behind the resignation, other than to say he became aware of new information and that it's personal.
News 5 has learned Sheehy used his state cell phone to make personal calls that raised questions about his judgment.
The story ran this morning in the Omaha World-Herald prompting the sudden announcement.
"Earlier this morning Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy submitted his resignation to me," said Gov. Heineman.
It was an announcement no one saw coming.
"I've accepted his resignation and it is effective immediately," Gov. Heineman said.
Governor Dave Heineman said the situation was one of the biggest disappointments in his life and left him with a knot in his stomach.
"Public officials are rightly held at a higher standard, we take our public trust very seriously," Gov. Heineman said.
Heineman declined to discuss the details of why Sheehy was stepping down, but the Omaha World-Herald is reporting Sheehy used his state-issued cell phone to make about 2,000 lengthy, late-night telephones calls to four women in recent years.
"I had trusted him and that trust was broken," Gov. Heineman added.
Heineman and Sheehy had a private meeting Friday night.
The governor did not discuss the details of that conversation or whether he asked for Sheehy's resignation.
"He resigned this morning I will now begin the process of filling the office of Lieutenant Governor on Monday," Gov. Heineman said.
Sheehy is the former Mayor of Hastings who was tapped to be Heineman's second-in-command in 2005.
In 2006, he and the governor were elected to their first full term in office and were re-elected to a second term in 2010.
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