January 30, 2018
Finney Law Firm’s Brian Shrive is preparing the petitions and has conducted a petition circulator training class for the group.
In Ohio, municipalities may choose whether or not to allow the recall of elected officials. In Brookville the charter requires signatures equal to 25% of the votes cast in the last election in order to begin the recall process. Once the sufficient signatures are gathered and submitted, the elected official is notified of the recall petition and has five days to resign. If he or she does not resign within those five days, a recall election will be called. In Brookville, that election must be held between 60 and 75 days after the member is notified of the recall. If the recall is successful, a vacancy is created for the remaining council members to fill. In other municipalities, the replacement is elected in the same election as the recall.
The group, Brookville Citizens for Responsible Government, will begin circulating petitions shortly and expect to turn in sufficient signatures in time to hold the recall elections as part of the May Primary election.