Bob Werkhoven and Ken Evenson recall, Valley City, North Dakota (2012)
In September 2011, police chief Dean Ross was suspended amid allegations that he mishandled public money. After the recall effort against Werkhoven made it to the ballot, Ross announced his intentions to run for mayor in the replacement election. Potential mayoral challengers must submit 159 signatures in order to get their names on the ballot. Duane Magnuson plans to run for city council. On November 28th, it was announced that Ross had submitted enough signatures to quality for the ballot.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters submitted signatures to force a recall on September 19, 2011.
- To recall Werkhoven, 396 valid signatures of registered voters are required.
- To recall Evenson, 354 valid signatures of registered voters are required.
More than 500 signatures were submitted for each recall target.
The signatures must be verified within 30 days of when they were submitted.
City Auditor Avis Richter reported that the signatures were certified on October 17. A special recall election has been scheduled for January 24th.
- Valley News Live, "Valley City recall: police chief for mayor," November 16, 2011
- KX-NET, "Recall petitions approved in ND city," June 21, 2011
- Minot Daily News, "Valley City mayor survives recall election," January 25, 2012
- Devils Lake Journal, "Former Valley City chief qualifies for ballot ," November 16, 2011
- InForum, "Valley City group turns in petition to force recall election for mayor, commissioner," September 20, 2011
- WDAY, "Petition filed in Valley City to recall mayor," September 20, 2011