FILER — The town is one step closer to recalling its mayor and three city council members.
Filer Clerk Deb McMahan early this week turned over petitions to Twin Falls County Clerk Kristina Glascock to recall Mayor Rick Dunn and City Council members Ruby Allen, Christina Hatch and Gary Dietrick. Each petition has 230 signatures; 196 valid signatures are needed to force a recall election.
The town has been in what its firefighters called “political chaos” since early June when Dunn asked Sheriff Tom Carter to come up with a proposal to provide coverage for the town of nearly 3,000. Instead of going with the county’s proposal, the council fired Police Chief Tim Reeves and put Sgt. John Darnall in charge of the department.
Councilman Russell “Bud” Sheridan’s vote was the only “no” vote to fire Reeves at the July 18 city council meeting, sparing him from the recall effort.
The county has 15 business days from Monday to verify the signatures, Glascock said. If the petitions are perfected, each official named will have five business days to resign or face a special recall election during the Nov. 7 general election.
Each recall needs a simple majority to pass, but the number of yes votes must be equal to or more than the number of votes each official received when elected. Petitions against officials are filed individually, not collectively, Glascock said. Voters could recall none, some, or all four city officials.
This is the second recall attempt during Dunn’s four-year term as mayor. An attempt in 2014 to recall the mayor and all four council members fell through when petitioners failed to gather enough signatures.