Lincoln City resident Macneal Smith has filed papers to begin a process that he hopes will lead to the voter recall of Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams.
Smith has been filing documents with both the State Secretary of State’s Office as well as the Lincoln City Clerk’s Office in that effort. Below is a copy of Mr. Smith’s allegations against the Mayor and the grounds on which he wants the Mayor to be forced from office.
Mr. Smith wrote:
“Lincoln City Charter (LCC), subsection 4.5 states the mayor’s function at city council meetings is to “preserve order, enforce the rules of the council and determine the order of business under the rules of the council.” LCC subsection 5 states, “The mayor shall be deemed a member of the council and have the same rights as other council members.” LCC subsection 4.8 states, “A member of the council shall not coerce or attempt to coerce the city manager or any other city employee in carrying out the duties of the office,” and “A violation of this subsection may occasion the censure or removal from office of the offending member of the council, by the council or a court of competent jurisdiction.
During the October 24th, 2016 Lincoln City City Council meeting, the mayor censored City Coucilors and threatened citizens and Councilors with arrest. This may only occur after further intervention from the Sergeant at Arms and a police officer. The mayor has no authority to have anybody arrested. Donald Williams has exceeded the scope of his authority as mayor and has caused citizens to avoid city council meetings for fear of arrest.
We the citizens of Lincoln City petition to recall Mayor Williams.”
It’s expected the filing documents will be complete within a day or so and Mr. Macneal and like-minded citizens will begin gathering signatures in an effort to remove Mayor Williams from office. Once the paperwork is complete, Macneal’s supporters have 90 days to collect 456 valid voter signatures. Once that is accomplished the the signatures are turned over to the county clerk for verification – a 10 day process. If enough signatures are verified then Mayor Williams has a choice – either to remain in office or resign. And he has five days to make his decision.
If he resigns, he steps down immediately. If he refuses to resign, he’s got those five days to submit a statement justifying why he should remain in office. Within 35 days after that the county elections clerk sets a date for the recall election.
For more information: RecallDonWilliams@Gmail.com