Don Schwieman recall, Flushing Township, Michigan, 2010
The recall effort was initiated after Schwieman was arrested for alleged drunken driving in Shiawassee County on September 3, 2009. Additionally, the recall language claimed that Schwieman has "misappropriated approximately $44,000 in township funds." The claim refers to a $44,000 payout to retired Chief Doug Kennedy.
On September 3, 2009 Schwieman was arrested by Shiawassee County police for alleged drunken driving. According to the police report, a preliminary breathalyzer test revealed that the Township Supervisor was approximately three times over the legal limit.
Supervisor pleads guilty
On November 16, 2009 the supervisor pleaded guilty to "impaired driving." Schwieman is expected to be sentenced in December. At the court hearing he said, "I was over the limit. Fortunately, two Michigan State Police officers saved me from doing damage, so I appreciate that...I haven't had a drink since. I won't. I made a mistake."
Path to the ballot
In order to force a recall election supporters had to collect a minimum of 1,260 valid signatures.