Ballots for recall of two Sherwood councilors mailed
(Editor's Note: This article has been updated since the orginal story appeared, noting a response by Sally Robinson to an issue on her "statement of justification" in the recall effort.)
The ballots must be returned to the Washington County Elections Division or dropped off at an official collection site by 8 p.m. that same evening. There is an election drop box in the parking lot of Sherwood City Hall/Sherwood Public Library.
On Monday, Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott sent a letter of resignation to the city saying she is moving to Redmond after marrying Redmond Mayor George Endicott last summer. Her name will not appear on the ballot. Clark-Endicott had until Oct. 2 to resign or to submit a statement of justification to the elections office regarding the recall election.
One point of contention among some opponents is that Robinson claims in her statement of justification that negotiations with the YMCA have begun when in fact those negotiations aren't expected to begin until Oct. 15.
However, Robinson said she was told by City Manager Joe Gall the day after the council voted not to pursue a contract with HealthFitness that the next highest ranked entity would be pursued, which was the YMCA.
"If Joe decided to delay that process, that is his prerogative," she said.
Meanwhile, James Copfer, chief petitioner behind the recall effort, released a statement his group's Facebook page stating Clark-Endicott's resignation had accomplished "part of (the petitioners') objectives."
"We appreciate Mayor Clark-Endicott's decision to resign, and wish her well in her new life," the press release, which was posted to the Sherwood City Council Recall Facebook page, read in part. "We thank her for the past six years of service to our community, and for choosing to spare the city the pain and expense of a recall election."
During a Sherwood City Council meeting Tuesday, Gall suggested to the council that a special meeting be held next Tuesday, Oct. 10, to interview the two remaining candidates for the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Councilor Dan King. King resigned last summer to move out of the city.
In addition, Gall said he would like the council to declare a vacancy for the mayor's seat, eventually having the council collect the names of interested individuals and appointing the person they want as interim mayor. Under city charter rules, such an action is needed if there are at least 13 months left in the unexpired term.
Gall said an election would likely be held on March 13. Whoever is elected at that time will serve out Clark-Endicott's remaining term, which expires at the end of 2018.
Also, Gall clarified that City Council President Harris will run the meetings and set the agenda in the absence of a mayor but does not officially become mayor due to Clark-Endicott's resignation.