Lincoln Mayor Darren “Scott” Cooper passed away Friday morning around 7:15
a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. He was surrounded by his family
at the hospital.
Mayor Cooper was appointed to serve as Acting Mayor on June 1st by his
colleagues on the Lincoln City Council. Even in his short term as mayor, Scott
demonstrated himself as a proven leader and a dedicated public servant.
Mayor Pro Temp Marty Neitzel said a statement Friday said “The tragic loss of
Scott is devastating to the Council and community. His loss creates a void in
the leadership of the City that cannot be replaced. All of our thoughts and
prayers are with his family and friends.”
The vacancy created by the passing of Mayor Cooper will be filled by Mayor
Pro Temp Marty Neitzel until the Council takes action on appointing a new
Acting Mayor. The City will follow the same process on filling the mayoral
vacancy as was practiced after the resignation of former Mayor Keith Snyder.
The aldermen, in a public meeting, will vote amongst the current membership
to appoint an Acting Mayor to finish the term originally begun by former
Mayor Snyder, ending April 2017.