A recall petition has been filed against Ely Mayor Melody Van Camp by Rick Stork and Don Purinton. This petition follows the previous petition to oust the full Ely City Council last week by Storck, Purinton and Chris Lani.
The petition to recall the mayor was delayed because she hadn’t been in office for six full months after being appointed to the seat upon the passing of former mayor John Hickman. Stork and Purinton filed the notice of intent to file a recall petition with City Hall on Monday, the end of the waiting period.
Stork said the mayor needed to be included with the other council members because she was part of the “chaos” that has surrounded the council and their handling of issues with the Nevada Northern Railway.
City council supporter and Ely resident Tammy Carlgren said the petitions are not the right way to go to have the city make progress with their forensic audit and called into question Stork’s motives for filing them.
“Rick Stork is a disgruntled former city employee and he is looking to strike back at everyone that works for the city,” she said.
Stork and Purinton will be set up outside the north entrance to Ridley’s grocery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday to continue gathering signatures.