Griggs County Commission recall, North Dakota (2013)
A vote about whether to recall the Griggs County Commission from their positions in Griggs County, North Dakota is scheduled for October 8. The commission has five members: Ronnie Edland, Dennis Halvorson, Ron Halvorson, Robert Johnson, and Keith Monson.
Reasons for recall
In May 2013 the Griggs County Commission approved a multimillion dollar renovation of a 130-year old court house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, in September 2011, June 2012 and January 2013, Griggs residences had turned down similar renovation proposals in ballot measures. County residence were angered that the Commission for approving the renovation.
In August 2013, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem declared that the commission had violated public meeting laws in regard to a "community forum" they held in February 2013 without public notice. Stenehjem also ruled that the county had violated open record laws when it took two months to provide John Wakefield, one of the recall leaders, with requested public records. Wakefield had filed the complaints, and stated the rulings were evidence for voters during the recall election. No corrective action was taken beyond requiring the county to provide Wakefield with some of the requested records free of charge within a seven day time frame.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in North Dakota
- The Jamestown Sun, "Griggs County commissioners face recall election," July 04, 2013
- Griggs County North Dakota, "Commission," Accessed: July 30, 2013
- Crookston Times, "Griggs County Courthouse plans spark backlash," May 13, 2013
- valleynewslive.com, "Griggs Co. Commissioners Up for Recall," August 30, 2013
- The Dickinson Press, "Attorney general says Griggs County Commission violated open records laws," August 30, 2013
- kvrr.com, "Petition to Remove Commissioners Presented in Griggs County," June 14, 2013
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