Don Williamson recall, Flint, Michigan, 2009

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An effort to recall Don Williamson from his position as mayor of Flint, Michigan was headed for the February 24, 2009 ballot, but was made unnecessary by the resignation of Williamson on February 09, 2009.[1] About 14,300 people signed a petition to recall him.[2][3][4]

The recall committee was called Committee for a Better Flint.[5]

Williamson was in his second term as mayor of the city. He is a Democrat who said he intended also to run for Governor of Michigan.[6]

Reasons for recall

The primary reason put forth by recall supporters for wanting to see Williamson out of office was Flint's budget. It finished the 2007-08 budget year with an $8.3 million deficit. His opponents say he overspent and kept cronies working rather than saving police jobs.[3]

Williamson was also said to have misrepresented the city's financial condition by several million dollars.[6]

Police chief woes

In early January, six weeks before the Williamson recall vote, it was announced that Flint City's interim police chief David Dicks faced federal charges of theft of government funds. Dicks was on administrative leave, but Williamson defended him.[7]

Federal prosecutors say that Dicks charged taxpayers twice by claiming to be two different places at the same time. David E. Wendt, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Labor, said in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court that Dicks was paid more than $46,000 in federal funds for work he claimed to do for City Security, a contractor for Career Alliance Inc., but that was not performed.

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