A notice of intent was filed with the Deputy City Clerk on Sept. 8 to circulate a petition to recall all five sitting members of the city council. The notice, which requires three signatures, was filed by Ely residents Rick Stork, Don Purinton and Chris Lani.
“The way they are operating the city right now, we’ll be lucky if there is any city left in a few years,” Stork said.
According to the Nevada Secretary of State 2013-2014 Recall Guide, filing the notice of intent for the recall petition is just the first of five steps required by the state to remove a public official. The next is to get the required number of signatures on the petition.
“The petition must contain the signatures of not less than 25 percent of the number of persons who actually voted in the state, county, district or municipality, which the public officer represents, at the election in which he/she was elected,” the Nevada Secretary of State’s Recall guide states.
“We are going to need a minimum of 198 signatures for Marty Westland and Dale Derbidge and we are going to need 215 for Bruce Setterstrom, Randy Lee and Sam Hansen,” Stork said. “The way the public is hot right now, I don’t anticipate we’ll have any trouble whatsoever in getting that number of people to sign.”
The guide also stipulates that the signatures must be signed in ink.
If successful, the petition will be given back to the deputy city clerk, who will then pass the document over to the county clerk for the third step in the recall process, “signature verification.”
To verify the signatures, the clerk first takes a “raw count” of the total signatures required to make sure that enough people signed. If so, the clerk will have to verify each signature and then submit a “certificate of results” to the Secretary of State.
At that stage, separate petitions will have to be signed again by 25 percent of the voters from the last city election to nominate candidates to run against the current city council members in a recall election. According to the recall guide, anyone can be nominated as a candidate, provided that they acquire the required amount of signatures.
The five current members of the city council who are listed on the recall petition are: Sam Hansen, Marty Westland, Randy Lee, Dale Derbidge and Bruce Setterstrom. Stork said he will put in another notice of intent for another recall petition against Mayor Melody Van Camp once the required six months has passed since she was appointed on March 14.
For more information about the petition or to sign, call Stork at 775-296-2702.