Carl Redus, Glen Brown and George Stepps recall, Pine Bluff, Arkansas (2010)
Carl Redus is the mayor of Pine Bluff, while Brown and Stepps are members of Pine Bluff's city council.
The Pine Bluff Coalition of Concerned Citizens led the recall effort. The group was angry with Redus for firing former Police Chief John Howell. They also believed that the city was falling into an economic doldrums under the mayor's leadership.
Brown and Stepps were targeted for recall because they voted to uphold the mayor's firing of Howell. Alderwoman Thelma Walker also voted to uphold the firing, but she was not targeted in the recall since her term was up in November 2010.
Former police chief John Howell filed a federal discrimination and wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters needed to obtain the signatures of 8,206 verified registered voters to force a recall vote.
In early May 2010, the group said that it had collected about 5,700 signatures. The deadline for collecting all the needed signatures was August 23, 2010.
In July, recall organizers called on volunteers to re-double their efforts to collect signatures.
About Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Jefferson County. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of about 50,600.
- KATV, "Redus Recall Will Not Happen in Pine Bluff," August 25, 2010
- Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "Unhappy with mayor, PB group seeks recall," April 10, 2010
- KATV, "Pine Bluff Group Wants to Oust Mayor Carl Redus," April 10, 2010 (dead link)
- Associated Press, "Pine Bluff Group Seeks Recall of 2 Aldermen," April 28, 2010
- Pine Bluff Commercial, "Signature count grows in effort to recall mayor," May 7, 2010
- Arkansas News, "Group seeks to revive effort to recall mayor," July 6, 2010