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(a) The electors shall have the power to remove from office by a recall election any elected officer of the City. If an elected officer shall have served for six months of his term, a petition demanding his removal may be filed with the Clerk of the Council who shall note thereon the name and address of the person filing the petition and the date of such filing. Such petition 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 200 words of the grounds for the removal. Such petition shall be signed by at least that number of electors which equals 25 percent of the electors voting for that office at the last preceding general election. Within ten days after the day on which such petition shall have been filed, the Clerk shall determine whether or not it meets the requirements hereof.
(b) If the Clerk shall find the petition insufficient, the clerk shall promptly certify the particulars in which the petition is defective, deliver a copy of his 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 20 days after the day on which such delivery was made in which to make the petition sufficient. If the Clerk 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 days after the day on which such delivery shall have been made, the Council shall thereupon fix a day for holding a recall election, not less than 75 days, nor more than 120 days after the date of such delivery. At such recall election this question shall be placed on the ballot: “Shall (naming the officer) be allowed to continue as (naming the office)?” 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 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, such 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.
(Approved by voters 11-7-1995; 11-3-2015)