Source: WWMT. June 15, 2019
ALBION, Mich. — The Calhoun County Clerk-Elections Office confirmed Saturday morning that they have received recall petition language from an Albion city registered elector in an effort to recall mayor Dave Atchison.
A clarity/factual review hearing is set for Wednesday, June 26 at the Calhoun County Building, located at 315 West Green St. in Marshall, beginning at 11 a.m. According to the two sets of language submitted on June 12, Atchison has “failed to comply with the city charter and council rules” and “violated the city’s code of ethics ordinance.”
“Atchison has failed to comply with the city charter and council rules by divisively ‘imputing the motive of other Council Members…or members of the public,’ during council meetings, most recently on May 13, 2019; by repeatedly threatened to stop required public comment periods, most recently on May 20, 2019; and by giving administrative directives to city personnel.” the first set of language, submitted by Albion registered elector Melissa Craig, read.
The first set of language goes on to detail that Atchison violated the city’s code of ethics ordinance by nominating members for city boards and commissions while failing to disclose to the city council the nominees’ financial contributions to his mayoral campaign. A second set of language also details his vote against a resolution to establish an Indigenous People’s Day in Albion, which is described as “at odds with Albion’s culture of diversity, inclusion and community welfare.” A full list of the recall language can be read here.
Following the review hearing, the petition would only need 608 valid signatures to recall Atchison.
This isn’t the first position the Albion city council is working to exhume, as an effort to recall city councilwoman Jeanette Spicer moved forward on April 25 and is in need of only 139 signatures after a review hearing approved the language. According to recall language for Spicer, she is “failing to fulfill her obligation to return correspondence requested by her constituents.”
The city also lost city manager LaTonya Rufus in March after she resigned following an both internal and criminal investigations that Calhoun County sheriff Matt Saxton described as “financial issues and irregularities” at city hall.