A community leader with 24 years of law enforcement experience, including four years as Chief of the Omaha Police Department, will join Mayor Jean Stothert’s administration as Chief of Staff.
Mayor Stothert announced Thursday that Thomas H. Warren, Sr. will succeed Marty Bilek, who retired this month.
“Tom Warren is a proven and respected leader with an outstanding record of public and community service,” said Mayor Stothert. “His background in public safety, community engagement, and public policy aligns with the priorities of my administration. He will provide valuable leadership to support our goals to make Omaha a safe, growing, and financially strong community for our taxpayers that is diverse, inclusive and offers opportunities for everyone.”
Warren retired from the Omaha Police Department in 2008 and became President and Chief Executive Officer of Urban League of Nebraska.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for Kids, Durham Museum, Omaha Police Foundation, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Foundation, and American National Bank. Mayor Stothert appointed Warren to the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority Board of Directors in 2020. He will resign that position and Mayor Stothert will appoint a new member to complete the term.
Warren graduated from Omaha Technical High School, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morningside College and a Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice and Option in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He is a graduate of the FBI Executive Institute Leadership Development Training Program.
“I’m excited to become re-engaged with City government in support of Mayor Stothert and this administration,” said Warren. “I appreciate being considered for this appointment and I look forward to working with the other cabinet members, Mayor’s staff and establishing relationships with the elected officials in the role of Chief of Staff. Omaha is a great city and this position will provide me with and opportunity to continue my service to this community.”
Warren has signed a Professional Services Agreement effective July 1, 2021 through May 31, 2025, which requires City Council approval. His compensation will be $150,000 the first year with a 3% increase in each subsequent year. He will not receive city benefits. The contract will be on the council agenda for first reading on June 8.
Warren will continue to receive a city pension earned during his career with the Omaha Police Department. His monthly pension is $8,942.67.