2009-11-12 / Front Page

Richfield recall petitions submitted

By Glenn Schicker glenn.schicker @houghtonlakeresorter.com

An election on proposals to recall all five members of the Richfield Township Board could be held in February if Roscommon County Clerk Ann Bonk verifies the signatures on petitions submitted to her office Nov. 5.

Bonk said petitions seeking the recall of Supervisor Jerry Campbell, Clerk Pam Scott, Treasurer Judy Scroggin and Trustees Tula Alexander and Pete Reili each had more than the 429 registered voter signatures required to call an election. Bonk has seven days to review the petitions and another 15 days to verify the signatures.

If the petitions contain enough valid signatures, Bonk said a recall election will be held Feb. 23.

Language on the petitions seeking Campbell’s recall says the supervisor, at a meeting last March, “abused his position and power as moderator... by refusing to allow the township meeting to proceed, and interfered with the rights of the township clerk, township treasurer and two township trustees by refusing to allow them to discuss or address items on the agenda and stopping the business of the township from going forth.” It adds that on April 19, Campbell received a reprimand from the Michigan State Tax Commission for interfering with the township board of review.

Petitions seeking Scott’s recall say she “threatened to remove the supervisor Jerry Campbell from chairman duties at the special meeting if he did not immediately move to the vote” and that he was “removed from his chairman duties June 22 without cause and a vote subsequently took place without the voters questions being answered.”

Wording on the petitions against Scroggin says she “refused to allow the supervisor Jerry Campbell to proceed with answers and voted to remove” him from his chairman duties and “attempted to have the supervisor physically removed from the special meeting” by township police.

The proposed wording for Rieli and Alexander says they voted with Scroggin and Scott to change the insurance benefit program without answering questions from voters, Rieli made a motion to remove Campbell as the meeting chairman and Alexander interrupted Campbell’s position of moderator “immediately after Pam Scott threatened to remove Jerry Campbell as chairman.”

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