Urban Development Director resigns following urinating in public ticket

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Dave Landis, the City of Lincoln Urban Development Director, resigned immediately from his position following a ticket from Lincoln Police for urinating in public.

According to court records, Landis was ticketed Friday, May 10th at 4:20 p.m. near 8th and J Streets. He's scheduled to appear in court on June 12th. If found guilty of the misdemeanor, he could face between a $100-$500 fine and a maximum of six months in jail.

Landis has worked for the City of Lincoln since 2007. Previously he served 28 years in the Nebraska Legislature, first getting elected in 1978 until he was term limited in 2006.

Mayor Chris Beutler issued this statement Wednesday about Landis' resignation:

“Dave has offered his immediate resignation without being asked to do so. Despite this recent lapse in judgment, I did not want to accept that resignation, as he has done admirable work for the City for 12 successful years and only five days remain in my administration. But at Dave’s insistence, I will reluctantly respect his choice and accept his resignation. I thank him profusely for his decades of service to the City of Lincoln and the State of Nebraska.”

According to the City of Lincoln's website, "The Urban Development Department is the "youngest" City department. Perhaps that helps explain some of the dissimilar functions included under the UDD umbrella. Beginning in the late 1970's, UDD managed Lincoln's share of federal Community Development Block Grant funds. That's still one of our primary responsibilities, but several others have been added: coordinating acquisition and sales of City property, serving as the City's Redevelopment Authority, and managing public parking resources."