Marilynn Lynn recall, Bridgeport, Washington (2014)

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An effort to recall Mayor Marilynn Lynn in Bridgeport, Washington from her position was launched on January 21, 2014.[1][2] Lynn was recalled.[3]

Election results

Recall Mayor Marilynn Lynn[4]
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Recall12354.67%
Retain10245.33%

Background

Bridgeport resident Mike Knox initiated the recall effort against Lynn by delivering a charge to the Douglas County Auditor's office. Among other charges, Knox alleged that Lynn mishandled public record requests and illegally hired a city employee.[1]

Path to the ballot

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A notice of intent to recall was first filed on January 21, 2014. A hearing on the sufficiency of the recall charges took place on February 4, 2014. At that public hearing, Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss ruled that four of the 13 complaints filed in the notice of intent to recall could constitute grounds for recall. Those complaints were:[5]

  • Illegal direction to the Planning Commission
  • Illegal hiring of a city employee
  • Failure to respond to appeal of a denied public records request
  • Failure to follow the direction of the city council to correct an error contained in a city ordinance

Hotchkiss ruled that one charge leveled against Lynn (namely, that she hired an employee after the city council decided not to) was indeed sufficient legal grounds for recall. As a result of this ruling, Knox was able to begin circulating a petition to place the recall on a ballot. State law dictates that 35 percent of residents must sign a petition for the recall of a mayor. In 2011, 242 Bridgeport residents voted for mayor, meaning that Knox needed to gather signatures from at least 85 registered voters to place the recall on the ballot.[1][6][7]

In the last week of February 2014, the city council asked Lynn to step down. "They asked me to go because of the shame [they said] I have brought upon Bridgeport," she said. On February 28, 2014, Lynn appealed Hotchkiss' ruling.[8][9] On March 11, 2014, Hotchkiss denied Lynn's appeal.[10]

Knox began circulating the recall petition on March 28, 2014. He needed to collect 85 signatures in order to trigger a recall election. On April 9, 2014, Knox submitted petitions containing 114 signatures to the Douglas County Auditor. A recall election was scheduled for June 3, 2014, with ballots set to be mailed out by May 16.[11][12][13][14][15]

Aftermath

On June 18, 2014, Mayor Pro Tem Jane Conklin began serving as interim mayor. The council will had 90 days from June 18 to appoint a new mayor to serve the remainder of Lynn's term.[3]

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