Kenneth Patton recall, Brooklyn, Ohio, 2009

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An intent to recall Mayor Kenneth Patton of Brooklyn, Ohio was submitted September 8, 2009 to Cuyahoga County. The petitions, however, were submitted too late for the November ballot and instead a special election was scheduled. However, according to the city's charter, Patton has 5 days to either resign or challenge the recall.[1] And on September 18, 2009 Mayor Patton announced his resignation, he cited "health concerns" as the reason.[2]Approveda

The recall effort is parallel to the efforts to place Brooklyn Highway Interchange Referendum, 2010 on the November 2010 ballot. The referendum calls into question a city sponsored project to construct a "diverging diamond interchange" at the intersection of I-480 and Tiedeman Road. The project is estimated to cost a total of $12 million and is scheduled to open in 2012.[3]

Resignation

Mayor Patton announced his resignation from office on Friday, September 18. Patton cited "health concerns" as the main reason for stepping down. A portion of his resignation letter, Patton said,"It would not be right for the citizens of Brooklyn to bear the cost of approximately $30,000 for a special recall election. Therefore, I will save our citizens that burden by resigning as mayor...My family and I have discussed this matter at length and together we have determined that it is time for my health concerns and recovery from surgery to be my priorities." According to city staff, Patton took a six-week leave of absence in February and March 2009. He spent part of that time in the hospital.[2]

Path to the ballot

According to Mary Lee Bowen, who helped organize the door-to-door petition drives, said that a total of 1,685 signatures were collected. Recall supporters were required to collect a total of 1,425 signatures to place the recall on the ballot. The signatures are currently in the process of being validated. If enough signatures are validated, a recall election will be scheduled within 60 to 75 days.[3]

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