An effort to recall Dave Schneider
from his position as mayor
of Bell Fourche, South Dakota
was initiated in December 2009. However, because no recall petitions were filed by the deadline a recall election was not held.
The recall effort was initiated following the firing of Bell Fourche's police chief and his second in command.
Mayor Schneider fired Lieutenant Erik Jogenson, shortly after the city council fired police Chief Tom Maunder in December 2009. Schneider cited "personnel issues" as the reason for the firing. However, residents in Bell Fourche argue that Schneider ignored various complaints filed against the police chief. 
Path to the ballot
In order to force a recall election, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 15% of the registered voters in the 2008 election or 501 signatures. No petitions were filed by the December 31, 2009 deadline.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Rapid City Journal,"No recall petitions filed in Belle Fourche, no early mayor election likely," December 31, 2009
- ↑ Associated Press,"SD residents try to recall mayor after firings," December 13, 2009
- ↑ KOTA,"Belle Fourche Residents Ask For Removal Of Mayor," December 11, 2009
- ↑ Rapid City Journal,"Police chief, assistant, both fired in Belle Fourche," December 8, 2009