Michael Koehs, Roger Krzeminski recall, Macomb Township, Michigan, 2009
The petitions were filed because of allegations that the two elected officials forced former township assessor Marcia Smith to resign, and that the two men improperly revised expirations dates of Planning Commission and Zoning Board member appointments. Another allegation made on the petition is that the Board of Trustees do not support small business.
Township resident Robert Barsotti filed the petitions calling for recall, which could cost the township between $35,000 to $50,000, according to Koehs. Koehs and Krzeminski were both re-elected in November 2008.
The Macomb County Elections Commission approved the ballot language on August 5, 2009. Residents now have 180 days to collect approximately 7,000 signatures in order to force a public vote for recall. According to Barsotti, ““A lot of people in the township are upset with what’s going on. I’m hoping we’ll be able to get the 7,000 signatures within the time frame.”
According to the petition language, recall supporters accuse Koehs and Krzeminksi of violating the township’s “principal of governance” after they voted in favor of a revision to term expiration dates for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals; violating the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act after "forcing the resignation" of the township’s former deputy assessor Marcia Smith; and voting to raise potable water rates for Macomb Township residents.
Koehs and Krzeminski said that they feel that they don't understand why they are being targeted if other board members also voted on some of the mentioned issues in the petition.
- The Detroit News, "Macomb Township recall effort targets 2 officials," July 23, 2009
- C and G News, "‘Leave it up to the voters’ Recall petition language approved, committee to start knocking on doors," August 2009 (dead link)
- C & G News, "Recall language to unseat clerk, trustee filed with county," accessed August 2, 2009