Jim Vokal

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Jim Vokal
Jim Vokal HS.jpg
Omaha City Council District 3
In office
Preceded by Robert Sivick
Succeeded by Chris Jerram
Personal details
Born (1970-06-28) 28 June 1970 (age 44)
Omaha, Nebraska
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Creighton University

James Daniel "Jim" Vokal Jr. (born June 28, 1970) was a member of the City Council of Omaha, Nebraska, representing district 3, which included Midtown Omaha, Downtown Omaha, and The Old Market from 2001-2009.[1]


Born in Omaha, Vokal graduated from Millard South High School in 1988. Vokal attended Creighton University, earning his bachelors degree in Business Administration and Accounting in 1992. Following college, he worked as a commercial banker for Norwest and Omaha State Bank until entering politics in 2001. Vokal currently serves on the board of directors for Destination Midtown, a community development organization. [2] He is Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial World Group, a commercial real estate company in Omaha. [3] Jim is married to Liz Vokal and has two children.

City Council[edit]

Vokal was elected to the City Council in 2001, and served for two consecutive terms, acting as president from 2003 to 2005. Vokal commonly supported measures to bridge the community and the Omaha Police Department. Vokal had been an outspoken critic of the Omaha police and fire pension system.[4] [5]

Mayoral election[edit]

On December 1, 2008, Vokal announced he was entering the race for Mayor of Omaha, and not running for a third term as councilman. [6] On April 7, 2009, he was defeated in the primary election.

Meca Board[edit]

On April 4, 2009, the Omaha City Council appointed Vokal to the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA) board. The five-year term runs through 2014. Vokal replaced Terry Moore, who was appointed in 2004 by Mayor Fahey. MECA oversees operation of the Qwest Center and will do the same for the new downtown Omaha stadium once it is built.[7]

Platte Institute Executive Director[edit]

On October 10, 2012, the Platte Institute for Economic Research announced the hiring of Vokal as the organization's executive director. He replaced John McCollister on December 7, 2012.[8]


  1. ^ "City Council". City of Omaha Website. 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". Destination Omaha Website. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Company Directory". Coldwell Banker Worldgroup Website. 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  4. ^ Maggie O'Brien (January 28, 2009). "Catastrophic impact' on police, fire pensions". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  5. ^ Cindy Gonzalez & Tom Shaw (October 17, 2008). "Omaha's bond rating falls:Debt burden and pension shortfalls spur Moody's action, which could raise the city's borrowing costs.". Omaha World Herald. 
  6. ^ Robynn Tysver; Maggie O'Brian (December 2, 2008). "Vokal touts vision, 'right experience'". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ Brian Mastre (April 21, 2009). "Vokal Appointed To MECA Board". WOWT. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  8. ^ Juan Perez Jr (October 10, 2012). "Jim Vokal to be director of conservative think tank Platte Institute". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 

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