Huron Residents Work to Recall Mayor
April 27, 2011 9:52 PM
The City of Huron needs a permanent police chief, and if a group of residents gets its way, the hunt will be on for a mayor, too. Petitions circulating this week seek to recall Mayor David McGirr.
It's a move residents say rarely happens in Huron, but one group believes recalling Mayor David McGirr is the right thing to do.
"It's there in statute and it's available for situations, I think, like this," said Ron Volesky, one of those organizing the recall effort.
Former police chief Doug Schmitt's resignation is at the heart of the drive. He stepped down after McGirr and city commissioners put him on leave last month after he told a legislative committee he believed some companies in Huron hire illegal immigrants.
Petitioners believe the city violated Schmitt's First Amendment rights and want McGirr out of office.
"To do this to the chief of police, when all he's doing is exercising his civil rights and freedom of speech, we feel is going too far," said Volesky.
Petitioners need to gather more than 1,200 signatures in the next 60 days to force a recall, and they say they're confident they'll meet that deadline.
"We got over 300 signatures in one day, yesterday, the first day we had petitions out. We're on our way," said Volesky.
Petitioners say they only want to go after the mayor, but hope the whole city commission gets the message.
"This is a wake up call to the elected leaders of this town," said Volesky.
Using state law to right what they believe is a wrong.
KDLT News tried to get in contact with McGirr, but so far, our calls have not been returned.