Frank Rivero recall, Lake County, California (2013)
An effort to recall Frank Rivero from his position as Sheriff of Lake County, California, was launched in 2013. Recall supporters have submitted signatures to election officials to force a vote on the proposed recall and are awaiting verification of the signatures. The recall did not go to a vote because supporters of the recall did not collect enough valid signatures.
Frank Rivero was elected in 2010 as Lake County Sheriff, and began serving his first term, scheduled to run from January 2011 to January 2015. During his campaign, he vowed to fight corruption he claimed was widespread in the county. After taking office, he had issues with multiple groups, including the Lake County Board of Supervisors, Clearlake Police Department, Lake County District Attorney and a local newspaper.
Reasons for recall
Recall supporters argued that Rivero was dishonest, had dishonored the department, and used unethical behavior. One supporter stated, "Each day that we wait costs the good citizens and taxpayers of Lake County thousands of dollars in lawsuits, litigation and damage caused by the reckless acts of this sheriff."
The recall petition to recall Rivero stated:
|“||The grounds for the recall are as follows:
That you have conducted yourself in an unethical manner;
Note: A "Brady List" is a list of law enforcement officials who have been deemed to be not credible.
The recall petition also provided Frank Rivero's response. It stated:
|“||Based solely on inaccuracies and mistruths, this recall petition unjustly nullifies the will of the people and your vote to end corruption. It is as reckless and faulty as the District Attorney's deceptive "Brady" process.
In 2008 a thorough Internal Affairs Investigation of my officer involved shooting determined my actions "appropriate", "justified", and within department policy.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in California
Members of Committee to Restore Integrity began the recall effort against Rivero on March 19, 2013, the same day that the Lake County Board of Supervisors issued a vote of no confidence against the sheriff and sought his resignation. Recall supporters submitted their request to election officials on April 3, and the petition language was approved on April 17.
Recall supporters had until August 15, 2013, to collect 7,026 valid signatures to force a recall election. While the group stated it was aiming for 9,000 signatures to account for any potential issues, it was only able to turn in 7,762 by the deadline. Election officials have 30 days to verify signatures. Supporters did not collect enough valid signatures. Had the recall effort gone to a vote, a special election was estimated to cost $93,000.
- Lake County News, "Sheriff's recall proponents turn in petitions," August 15, 2013
- The Press Democrat, "Lake County sheriff recall effort on hiatus," July 4, 2013
- Record Bee Lake County News, "Valid signatures fall short of the mark for special election to recall Lake County Sheriff," September 28, 2013
- Lake County Record-Bee, "Recall proponents file petition for review; corrections likely needed," April 4, 2013"
- Lake County Record-Bee, "Signature count rises in Lake County sheriff recall effort, proponents say," June 20, 2013
- recallrivero.com, "Recall Petition"
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- nbcsandiego.com, "DA Keeps 'Dishonest Cops' List," May 18, 2011
- Lake County Record-Bee, "Petition to recall Lake County sheriff OK'd; signature-collecting can begin," April 17, 2013