Watervliet City Council recall, Michigan, 2009
In the past, Flaherty has challenged the commissions decisions on spending and the reduction of city employees from full-time to part-time positions. In regards to the city's most recent employee reductions on Monday, August 25, 2009, the city council voted in favor of accepting City Manager Michael Hart's immediate resignation. The resignation comes approximately a week after the city placed Hart on administrative leave while the city commission began looking for a replacement. At the time the case for placing Hart on administrative leave was due to "irreconcilable differences of opinion."
According to Flaherty only 12 signatures are required to place the issue on the November ballot.
No evidence of violations
In November 2009 the Berrien County Prosecutor said that there is no evidence that either Prince or Brinker violated the state meetings law. Flaherty had previously requested that the county prosecutor review the two council members for possible fraud and misrepresentation of the meetings law.
- WSJM, "Watervliet Resident To File Recall Against Mayor and Commissioner," August 26, 2009
- WSJM, "Watervliet City Manager Resigns," August 25, 2009
- WSJM, "Watervliet City Manager Placed On Administrative Leave," August 19, 2009
- WSJM, "Prosecutor Says Watervliet Officials Didn't Violate Meetings Law," November 25, 2009