Audrey Oliverius recall, Denison, Kansas (2014)
Recall proponent arguments
Recall proponents allege that Oliverius called for an executive session at the conclusion of a regularly scheduled council meeting on March 10, 2014. On April 3, 2014, the city clerk, who had been dismissed at the end of the regular March 10 council meeting, received a message from Oliverius indicating what should be added to the March 10 meeting minutes for the executive session. "This record shows that a motion was made and a vote was taken in executive session," according to the recall petition. Such an action is in violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
In her response to the recall effort, Oliverius said, "The decision has been rescinded. There certainly is a difference in making a decision knowingly, willingly and with intent to one that is not done with those things in mind. I have not done anything corrupt or with intent to harm any resident of the city of Denison or impair the operations of the city in any manner.”
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Kansas
Recall proponents submitted a petition to the Jackson County clerk on May 12, 2014. The petition was found to have the requisite number of valid signatures (a minimum of 12 were required). A recall election was scheduled for August 5, 2014, but the election was canceled after Oliverius withdrew on July 23.
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