Fort Oglethorpe Mayor and City Council recall, Georgia (2013)
An effort to recall the mayor and city council of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia was launched in March 2013. The effort to qualify the recall question for the ballot was, however, abandoned short of going to a vote in favor of a lawsuit. The recall effort specifically targeted Mayor Lynn Long and council members Louis Hamm, Clay Kissner and Johnnie "Red" Smith.
The recall effort was being led by city residents who were upset over the sudden firing of City Manager Ron Goulart, Police Chief David Eubanks and Public Works Director Jeff Long on March 22, 2013 by the city council. The recall effort targeted those members of the council that supported move.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Georgia
In June 2013, recall supporters opted to file a lawsuit against Long, Hamm, Kissner, and Smith, alleging multiple violations of the law. The hope was that lawsuit would provide for the officials' removal in a potentially quicker and cheaper manner than a recall method.
- timesfreepress.com, "As Fort Oglethorpe Turns: Like a TV soap opera, drama drags on in City Hall," May 20, 2013
- CatWalkChatt, "Fort Oglethorpe council hires attorney to represent city officials in lawsuits," June 28, 2013
- The Chattanoogan, "Fort Oglethorpe Residents Demand Answers, Recall Election," March 26, 2013
- CatWalkChatt, "Two Fort Oglethorpe citizens sue to remove mayor, council members," June 01, 2013
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