Richard Mizzi recall, Arnaudville, Louisiana (2013)

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An effort to recall Richard Mizzi from his position as Chief of Police of Arnaudville, Louisiana was launched in July 2013. Mizzi resigned from his position in September 2013.[1][2]

Background

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.[1][3]

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.[4]

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.[1][4]

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