Kim Lehmkuhl recall, Pleasant Hill, California (2014)

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An effort to recall City Clerk Kim Lehmkuhl in Pleasant Hill, California from her position was launched in February 2014.[1] She ultimately resigned.[2]

Recall proponent arguments

In the official recall notice served to Lehmkuhl, proponents alleged that she "violated her oath of office, and she accepted public funds for services she did not provide." It was revealed in January 2014 that Lehmkuhl had failed to produce City Council meeting minutes for an entire year.[1]

Alice Minyen, a recall proponent and effort organizer, said, "She has to go. This is beyond a distraction; she doesn't understand the importance of minutes and having a historical record of what goes on at the meetings."[1]

Official's response

Lehmkuhl maintained that she would clear the backlog of absent meeting minutes. "I'm committed to this office, and I'm not going to step down because there have been some speed bumps that I know we can resolve," she said.[1] Lehmkuhl characterized the recall effort as "theatrical" and said she believed organizers hadn't considered the potential costs to the city.[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

Lehmkuhl was served with a notice of intent to recall on February 24, 2014. On May 19, 2014, Lehmkuhl resigned her position.[1] In her resignation letter, she described her time as city clerk as an "atrocious, incredibly depressing, and mind-numbingly inane experience I would not wish on anyone."[2]

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