Leon Jukowski recall, Pontiac, Michigan (2012)
An effort to recall Leon Jukowski from his position as mayor of Pontiac, Michigan in Oakland County was launched in January 2012. The initial recall effort fell short in April 2012, but a second recall attempt was launched in May 2012. The second recall effort was ultimately abandoned. Jukowski was elected in 2009.
Reasons for recall
Quincy Stewart was the leader of the initial recall effort. Recall supporters alleged that Jukowski had a conflict of interest because, in addition to serving as mayor, he is a paid consultant to Louis Schimmel. Schimmel was appointed as Pontiac's Emergency Manager by Governor Rick Snyder. Gloria Miller headed up the second recall effort. She said her motivations for recall were the same as Stewart's--she was concerned about a conflict of interest stemming from Jukowski's consulting position.
In February, voters decided if the city should open up the charter for revisions. This could pave the way for a return to Pontiac being operated by a city manager.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters had 180 days to collect 3,237 signatures. In early April 2012, recall supporters submitted 3,500 signatures. However, only 3,150 signatures were verified, leaving recall supporters 87 signatures short of the number required to force a recall election.
On May 1, recall supporter Gloria Miller filed petition language against Jukowski, kicking off a second recall attempt. The recall language was approved, meaning signature collection efforts could legally proceed. Signatures were not submitted on the second recall petition, and the recall effort came to an end.
- Oakland Press, "Pontiac Mayor confirms recall effort has been launched against him," January 3, 2012
- Oakland Press, "Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski faces second recall challenge from resident," May 1, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, "Recall petition against Pontiac mayor OK'd," January 4, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, "Recall effort could get go-ahead," April 7, 2012