Cottage Grove, Letters to the Editor, Opinion-Editorial

LTE: Attempted councilor recall in Cottage Grove holds no water

Dear Editor:

Signature gathering has begun for the recall of three Cottage Grove City councilors Mike Fleck, Chalice Savage, and Jon Stinnett.  

Traditionally, the recall process is in response to a demonstrated legal, ethical, or moral issue rendering an elected official unfit for office. No such acquisition has been made of any of these counselors.

The most disturbing facet of this recall process is timing. Right as the city council is embarking on recruiting for the position of city manager, distraction of a recall occurs. 

What highly qualified candidate for the position of city manager would consider a community where the first order of business is strife and discord?   

If the recall petition drive collects the necessary 650 votes, we, the taxpayers of Cottage Grove, will pay $15,000 for a special recall election. Not a good use of the recall process and not a good use of $15,000.

Those in service don’t always vote on issues as I might wish they would. Taking on a sometimes-thankless job and wrestling with big issues in service to our community does not rise to the level of warranting a recall election. I urge everyone to not sign the recall petition.  

Casey Woodard
Cottage Grove

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