Three Crawford residents are circulating a petition to recall Mayor Susie Steckel, prompting the town clerk to resign in protest to a recall process which goes against her personal beliefs.
Back in October, Crawford town clerk Jackie Savage gave the council a pep talk.
She had written a report called "Just A Reminder." That report gave her assessment of the accomplishments of the trustees, mayor and staff. Savage was looking toward the April 1, 2014, municipal election when three seats on the board would be available. She encouraged the incumbents to run again. "Often it goes unnoticed how much everyone does," she wrote in her report.
According to Savage, the council, led by Mayor Susie Steckel, had created the Source Water Protection Plan; established a flood plan and joined FEMA for wildfire, mudslide and flood protection; created an Emergency Water Management Plan; established a credit/debit card policy and an investment policy; made a formal contract with the cemetery on water shares of Clipper Ditch; banned retail sales of marijuana; protected the town's water source on BLM's usage plan; installed a new infrared security system, initiated paving of I Street and Greenwood and other accomplishments.
However, others in the community have not viewed the council or mayor with such a positive view. At the first council meeting in 2014, Savage explained that three petitioners — Jay Ziegler, Carl Page and Casey Williams — had submitted a petition to recall Mayor Susie Steckel. Savage made it clear that as town clerk she determines whether a recall petition meets the requirements of Colorado Revised Statutes and then posts the petition. Finding the petition sufficient does not mean she is endorsing the content of the petition. "The form was correct. And the form was approved and posted at the post office," Savage said.
The recall petition alleges Steckel has wasted government resources, misrepresented board positions and conducted board meetings in an inappropriate manner.
The petitioners are not required by law to submit evidence of their charges. They have 60 days to collect signatures of 25 percent of the total amount of voters who voted in the mayor's election in 2012. That, Savage said, equals 21 signatures. Only 84 people voted in the mayor's election. Steckel ran unopposed.
Citizens can protest the sufficiency of the petition for recall at town hall.blog comments powered by Disqus