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The electors shall have the power to remove from office by a recall election any elected officer of the Municipality. If an elected' officer shall have served six (6) months of his or her term, a form of petition demanding his or her removal may be filed with the Clerk of Council, who shall note thereon the name and address of the person filing the petition and the date of such filing, and deliver to such a person a receipt therefor and attach a copy thereof to said petition. A petition in such form may be circulated in separate parts, but the separate parts shall be bound together and filed as one instrument. Each part shall contain the name and office of the person whose removal is sought and a statement in not more than two hundred (200) words of the grounds for removal.
Such petition shall be signed by at least that number of electors which equals twenty-five percent (25%) of the total number of registered voters as of January 1 in the year the recall petition is filed in the voting district of the elected officer who is the subject of the recall petition. Within ten (10) days after the day on which such petition shall have been filed, the Clerk of Council shall determine whether or not it meets the requirements hereof. If the Clerk of Council shall find the petition insufficient, he or she shall promptly certify the particulars in which the petition is defective, deliver a copy of his or her certificate to the person who filed the petition with him or her, and make a record of such delivery. Such person shall be allowed a period of twenty (20) days after the day on which such delivery was made in which to make the petition sufficient. If the Clerk of Council shall find the petition sufficient, he or she shall promptly so certify to the Council, shall deliver a copy of such certificate to the officer whose removal is sought, and shall make a record of such delivery. If such officer shall not resign within seven (7) days after the day on which such delivery has been made, the Council shall thereupon fix a day for holding a recall election, not more than seventy-five (75) days after the date of such delivery. At such recall election this question shall be placed upon the ballot: “Shall (naming the officer) be allowed to continue as (naming the office) ?”, with provision being made on the ballot for voting affirmatively or negatively on such question. If a majority of the votes cast at such election shall be voted affirmatively such officer shall remain in office. If a majority of the votes cast shall be voted negatively, such officer shall be considered as removed, his or her office shall be declared vacant, and such vacancy shall be filled as provided in this Charter. The officer removed by such recall election shall not be eligible for appointment to the vacancy created thereby.
(Amended 11-6-84; 11-4-14)