Richard Mizzi recall, Arnaudville, Louisiana (2013)
The recall effort was led by Jamie Huval, the grandson of former Arnaudville Police Chief Sam Guidry. Recall supporters were upset over disagreements between the city council and Mizzi, as well as what they alleged to be a lack of action by Mizzi. Supporters claimed, for instance, that Mizzi let several cases of theft go uninvestigated. The city council indicated that the only option available to remove Mizzi was to dissolve the police force entirely, something which recall supporters did not want to happen.
After the recall effort began, Mizzi put a "For Sale" sign in front of his house. He indicated to reporters he intended to retire shortly with full benefits, rather than resign. His full term was set to end in January 2015.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Louisiana
Recall supporters needed to collect signatures from 40 percent of the registered voters in Arnaudville (291 names) by October 20, 2013 to trigger a recall. Huval indicated they aimed to collect 320. Since Mizzi resigned, submitting the signatures was not necessary.
- Daily World, "Petition to recall Arnaudville police chief gains momentum," August 26, 2013
- Daily World, "Arnaudville Police Chief Mizzi tentatively resigns," September 18, 2013
- techetoday.com, "Move afoot to recall Arnaudville police chief," July 22, 2013
- klfy.com, "Signatures adding up to recall police chief," September 5, 2013
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