Tom Ament recall, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 2002
After the group Citizens for Responsible Government, headed by Joe Klucarich, collected a little less than 182,000 signatures in thirty days, Ament retired instead of resigning in order to collect his pension. According to Ament: "I have sadly come to the conclusion that I cannot lead this government at this time. Therefore I'm announcing my retirement effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002,"
Reasons for the recall efforts included a lump-sum pension payout controversy. Ament stated at his retirement speech that he takes full responsibility.