Deborah Trout recall, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 2009
An effort to recall Deborah Trout as sheriff
of Hunterdon County, New Jersey was launched in 2009, and was later abandoned when Trout said she would leave office in 2010.
In June 2009, the group that launched the recall ended their efforts: "We are officially conceding," said OutWithTrout.org leader Donna Simon. "The July 2 deadline is only a couple of weeks away and we only have about 6,000 signatures."
OutwithTrout.org began circulating at its first public meeting on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Flemington American Legion post. Statements by both sides must appear on each page of the petition, which leaves room for just seven signatures per page. To get the recall question on the November ballot, OutwithTrout.org will have to collect about 22,000 signatures in 160 days, or by July 2.
OutwithTrout.org accused the sheriff of "maladministration," of appointing personnel who have "committed fraud and threatened citizens," of initiating "costly and irresponsible lawsuits," and of behaving with hostility toward county officials and employees.
In her response, Trout wrote: "Much has been discussed about fraudulent activities and the recall committee parrots baseless accusations grounded on misinformation. There has been no hostile behavior toward county employees/officials. Quite the opposite, the public and other departments are always treated professionally." The sheriff writes that she will "continue to strive daily to earn your confidence," and invites people to email questions to her through the state website.