Alderman Greg Rose of District 4 is the target of a recall petition.
William Van Daalwyk filed a statement of Intent to Circulate Recall Petition with the city of Clintonville Thursday morning, July 17.
According to the Recall of Local Elected Officials publication by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, “any local elected officeholder who has served one year of the term for which he or she was most recently elected, as of the date the recall petition is offered for filing, can be recalled.”
Rose was elected in April 2013. His term ends in April 2015.
Clintonville Clerk Peggy Johnson told the Clintonville Tribune Gazette that Van Daalwyk has 60 days from the filing date to obtain the necessary signatures.
She said she wasn’t sure yet how many signatures will be required, and that she has contacted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to answer that question.
Only qualified electors in Rose’s district can sign the recall petition.
According to the GAB publication, “the petition must contain the signatures of qualified electors equal to at least 25% of the vote cast for the office of Governor at the last gubernatorial election held within the same district or jurisdiction as that of the officeholder. The filing officer is required to determine, and inform any interested person upon request, the number of signatures required to recall an officeholder of that district or jurisdiction.”
If enough signatures are obtained within 60 days, the petition is “offered for filing” to the filing officer, the filing office has 31 days to determine the “sufficiency of the petition.” In other words, to verify everything required on the petition and with the signatures meets all requirements.
Within 10 days after the recall petition is “offered for filing” with the filing officer, Rose can challenge the petition’s sufficiency.
If the filing officer determines the petition has sufficiency, “the governing body shall call a recall election to be held on the Tuesday of the sixth week commencing after the date on which the clerk issues the certificate of sufficiency and files the petition with the governing body.”
Johnson said that to her knowledge this is the first attempt to recall a city official in Clintonville.