Audrey Oliverius recall, Denison, Kansas (2014)

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An effort to recall Mayor Audrey Oliverius in Denison, Kansas from her position was launched in May 2014.[1] The recall ended when Oliverius resigned on July 23, 2014.[2]

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.[1]

Official's response

In her response to the recall effort, Oliverius said, "The decision has been rescinded.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.”[1]

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.[2]

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