The petition to recall the Crawford mayor was turned into the Delta County clerk and recorder with 28 signatures on Feb. 4. The petition was judged insufficient because 21 valid signatures were needed from registered Crawford voters residing within town limits.
Twelve signatures were disqualified, resulting in 16 valid signers.
Proper procedures in submitting the petition were not followed according to Jackie Savage, Crawford town clerk. The petition should have been filed with her, not the county clerk. With the town council's permission, Savage has recused herself from being the hearing officer for those protesting the petition, but not from her remaining duties as town clerk.
Jim Brown, town attorney, filed notice with Mike Deneen, who has been identified as the attorney for The Committee to Recall the Mayor. Brown told Deneen the petition was improperly filed.
"So, I am filing notice that the petition was improperly filed," Savage said. "Then because we have only five days to judge the sufficiency of the signatures, I went ahead and authorized the Delta County clerk and recorder to determine the sufficiency of the signatures."
That was done by Rene Loy of the Delta County clerk's office because the county clerk has the database of registered voters.
Loy determined that of the 28 signatures on the petition to recall the mayor, 16 were valid, six were not registered Crawford voters and six others who were on the voter registry were identified with different addresses. To force a recall election there needed to be 21 valid signatures.
"They no longer have enough signatures so they are going to be denied to go forward to a recall election," Savage said on Thursday, Feb. 6. "Jay [Ziegler] can protest. I think there are restrictions on him from starting it over, but I don't know what they are."
The petition for Mayor Susie Steckel's recall was begun on Jan. 15 and was submitted to the county clerk on Feb. 4. Two days later Savage posted the notice that the clerk and recorder's office rejected 12 of the signatures.
The petitioners are Carl Page, Casey Williams and Jay Ziegler. They have until March 17 to circulate the petition.
At the Old Timers Newcomers Dinner at Crawford Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 8, Mayor Steckel said she was happy to still be Crawford's mayor, which was greeted with applause.
Both the mayor and the trustees were appreciative of the packed council chambers for their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Almost all seemed to be in attendance to show support for the mayor, board of trustees and town staff.
Marlene Searle, Hotchkiss town clerk and a Crawford resident, spoke to the council. "You guys are representing everyone in town, not me, not Jay, not any individual," she said. "Change comes with a change in mayor and a change in trustees. As the town clerk we go through all those changes with you . . . You need to represent 400 people. Susie, you are doing a good job. You've made changes. You're more outspoken at times . . . With the marijuana thing, we had a vote in our community. Do we want it or do we not? We voted no. That's what you people have to represent. I appreciate you all."blog comments powered by Disqus