Metolius recall effort underway
The Friends of Metolius began an effort to recall Mayor Carl "Foncie" Elliott and Councilors Dan Dulaney and Denise Keeton and Council President Patty Wyler on Monday, July 27.
Tryna Muilenberg is the chief petitioner on the forms, which are also signed by treasurer Traci McKenzie.
County Clerk Kate Zemke said the petition committee must file a statement of organization with the state Elections Division. Then the city will verify that paperwork and approve the signature collection.
The petitioners must collect 43 signatures on each petition, Zemke said, which is 15% of the voters who voted in the last governor's race.
They will have 90 days to collect the signatures, and the county clerk has 10 days to verify them.
At that point, the mayor and councilors would have five days to submit a resignation or a statement of justification. If they do not resign, a recall election must be held no later than 35 days later, Zemke said.
The prospective petitions accuse all four of bringing "shame and disgrace" to the citizens of the city.
The petitions say Elliott and Wyler "publicly disrespected a victim of child abuse and pushed forward (his and her) agenda against common decency and integrity. There were many opportunities for (them) to make something positive out fo a sad issue."
The petition says Elliott and Wyler missed those opportunities "and the reputation of the City is now severely tarnished."
The petition also accuses Elliott of failing to conduct "fair and impartial meetings." It says "he slandered and tried to destroy the reputation of business owners" and that he "has been negligent in his task of cleaning up this city of broken-down buildings and other eyesores. In addition, he has failed to lead Council in an effective strategic plan that would help the city move forward. He micromanages staff and is abrasive and rude to citizens who bring forward concerns. In short, Carl Elliott has had a negative impact on this City and his failures can no longer be tolerated."
The petition against Wyler is much the same, accusing her of slandering business owners, neglecting the clean-up of broken-down buildings and failing to move the city forward.
The petition against Dulaney and Keeton also cite their handling of the wooden toy train — with the petition against Dulaney saying, "Rather than addressing this issue using moral principles and professionalism, he chose to blindly follow the lead of a crooked mayor and a bullying council president." The petitions also accused the pair of not working to clean up broken-down buildings and failed planning as reasons for the recall effort.
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