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The electors shall have the power to remove from office, by a recall election, the Mayor or any Council member of the Municipality. If the Mayor or any Council member shall have served six (6) months of their term, a petition demanding 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. Such petition shall be signed by at least that number of electors which equals twenty-five percent (25%) in number of the electors voting at the last preceding regular municipal election for the office of the officer sought to be recalled. 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, the Clerk shall promptly certify the particulars in which the petition is defective, deliver a copy of the certificate to the person who filed the petition with the Clerk, 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, the Clerk 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 five (5) days after the day on which such delivery shall have been made, the Council shall thereupon fix a day for holding a special recall election, not less than thirty (30) nor more than forty-five (45) days after the date of such delivery. At such recall election this question shall be placed on the ballot: “Shall (Naming the officer) be removed from office as (Naming the office) of the Village/City of Richfield?” with provision on the ballot for voting affirmatively or negatively on such question. If a majority of the votes cast at such election shall be voted negatively, such officer shall remain in office. If the majority of such votes cast shall be voted affirmatively, such officer shall be considered as removed, the office shall be deemed 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.
(Res. 65-2021. Passed 7-6-21.)