Jeffrey Lamarand recall, Taylor, Michigan (2011)
Lamarand took office in 2009. His term expires in 2013. If he is recalled, the city council will appoint a replacement to fulfill the remainder of his term.
Charley Johnson is a leader in the recall effort, which is organized into a group called "Take Back Taylor." The reason stated on the petitions that were circulated calling for the recall gave as the primary recall motivation the fact that nine Taylor police officers were laid off in May. Johnson said, "The final straw was the termination of nine of our police officers. Terminated, fired or laid off, the bottom line is we have nine fewer police officers patrolling our streets.",
Lamarand says that of the nine laid-off officers, eight have returned to work and one accepted a job elsewhere. He also says, "We’ve been working to clean up a wide variety of messes left to us; Taylor’s financial woes are 30 years in the making. When I was elected mayor, there were no more free rides on the gravy train. Now they are trying anything. They want to take back Taylor and put it into the hands of those that have been robbing it blind for 30 years." Lamarand also pointed out that in 2010, he eliminated the city position of "master plumber" held by recall proponent Charles Taylor, which led to the re-assignment of Taylor to a city job that pays $18/hour plus city benefits, from a job that paid $25/hour plus city benefits.
Altogether, since Lamarand took office in 2009, 61 employees have been laid off, while 331 employees remain on the city payroll.
Taylor has a population of 63,100.
Path to the ballot
4,218 signatures were submitted in order to qualify the recall question for the ballot.
- Detroit Free Press, "Taylor to vote in November on recall of mayor", September 8, 2011
- The News Herald, "Mayor facing recall vote on November 8 ballot", October 28, 2011
- News Herald, "'Take Back Taylor' group submits 5,300 signatures with hopes to recall mayor", August 6, 2011
- The News Herald, "Efforts in place to recall mayor for second time (with documents)", May 21, 2011