Mike Boyle

Michael David Boyle (born January 19, 1944, Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic politician in Nebraska, the former mayor of Omaha, and a current member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Mike Boyle has been a lawyer in private practice in Omaha for over 30 years.

Michael David Boyle
Member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners from the 1st district
Assumed office
September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
Preceded byBernice Labedz
40th Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska
In office
June 1981 (1981-06) – January 1987 (1987-01)
Preceded byAl Veys
Succeeded byStephen Tomasek, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1944-01-19) January 19, 1944 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Anne Boyle
ResidenceOmaha, Nebraska
Alma materCreighton University (B.A.)
Creighton University (J.D.)


Educated in Catholic schools in Omaha, Boyle graduated from Creighton University in 1973 with a degree in economics and management from the Business Administration School. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 1977.

Mike married Anne Howell on April 24, 1965 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. They have five children and 18 grandchildren. Anne Boyle is the first woman elected in the 130-year history of the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

She was re-elected in 2008 and is a former chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party. She led the Bill Clinton for President campaign in Nebraska and the Re-election campaign, as well.

Political careerEdit

Boyle was elected Mayor of Omaha in 1981 and re-elected in 1985.[1]

In October 1986, a recall campaign was initiated against Boyle after a controversial dismissal of the Omaha Chief of Police. In October 1985, Police Lt. Tony Infantino wrote a memo titled "Mission Impossible" describing a plan to target and surveil the Mayor's brother-in-law, John Howell, and attempt to arrest him on suspicion of drunken driving. This was meant to provide an opportunity for Boyle to interfere with the criminal justice process.

The arrest was carried out and an investigation by Omaha Public Safety Director Keith Lant followed. Lant held that there was both an improper plot and subsequent cover up and demanded that Omaha Chief of Police Robert C. Wadman discipline the involved officers. Wadman refused Lant's orders to co-sign the disciplinary notices based on Wadman's personal beliefs despite the results of polygraph examinations of the Command officers. Lant personally issued the notices against the officers and recommended the dismissal of Wadman for insubordination.

The Personnel Board of the City of Omaha, a citizen-panel, unanimously approved Lant's disciplinary notices and Wadman's dismissal. The Douglas County District Court upheld the disciplinary notices, but overturned Wadman's dismissal by the Personnel Board. The overturned dismissal was appealed, by a Citizen, to the Supreme Court of Nebraska which reversed the District Court's decision and found the Personnel Board's dismissal order to fire Robert Wadman to be legal.[2]

Supporters of the recall effort obtained 34,816 signatures on recall petitions, significantly more than the 19,669 signatures needed to force a recall election. The recall election was held in January 1987, and drew exceptionally large turnout of over 98,000 voters, 56.4 percent of those registered. Boyle was removed from office as a result of the election, in which the vote was 56 percent for his recall and 44 percent for his retention.[3][4]

In 1989, Boyle ran for re-election as Mayor, finishing first out of a field of six in the primary, though he lost to P.J. Morgan, a former State Senator. In 1990, Boyle ran for Governor. He lost the Democratic Primary by less than one vote per precinct Statewide. Ben Nelson was nominated; served two terms as Governor before being elected a United States senator.[citation needed]

Boyle has served on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners since 1997.[5] Boyle was appointed to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners after Bernice Labedz resigned for health reasons.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Larson and Cottrell. (1997) The Gate City: A history of Omaha. University of Nebraska Press. pg. 315.
  2. ^ "04/21/89 ROBERT C. WADMAN v. CITY OMAHA ET AL". ne.findacase.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Omaha`s Mayor Is Recalled". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Omaha Seeks Mayor After Ouster". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2013-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Bernice R. Koziol Labedz (1919-2008) - Find A..." Findagrave.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
Preceded by
Al Veys
Mayor of Omaha
1981 - 1987
Succeeded by
Stephen Tomasek, Jr.