2009-07-09 / News

Four Richfield officials targeted again for recall

With a hearing scheduled for next week on a second attempt for approval of a proposed recall petition language for Richfield Township Supervisor Jerry Campbell, new wording was filed Tuesday for an attempt to recall the other four members of the township board.

Richfield resident Stanley Rader, whose original petition language for a proposed recall of the township clerk, treasurer and trustees was rejected by the Roscommon County Election Commission last month, filed new wording with the Roscommon County Clerk.

The proposed language says Clerk Pam Scott and Treasurer Judy Scroggin should be removed from office because, at a June 22 board meeting, they "refused to allow the Supervisor to proceed with answers" to citizen questions about a proposed change in insurance benefits for township retirees. Rader's language adds that Scott then participated, "without cause," in removal of the supervisor as chair of the meeting "and a vote subsequently took place without the voters questions being answered." The proposed language for Scroggin adds she "attempted to have the Supervisor physically removed by the Richfield Township Police."

As for Trustees Tula Alexander and Pete Reili, Rader's wording says they "interrupted the Supervisor during questions from voters," and voted with Scott and Scroggin for "a motion to remove the Supervisor and to pass the changes to the insurance benefits without answering questions from the voters." on the new recall language for the four board members has yet to be scheduled.

A hearing on the latest wording for Campbell is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 14. The original language filed by township resident Melvin J. Witzman was rejected last month, but Witzman filed new wording June 29. Witzman says Campbell should be recalled because he "authored and distributed to the public, on township letterhead stationery, two letters of which he made false statements" at the township's annual meeting March 28, and on April 19, "he received a reprimand from the State of Michigan's State Tax Commission, for interfering with the Township Board of Review."

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