By Mary Drier
AKRON — An Akron village official’s ability to lead and ethics are being questioned.
A proposed recall petition was filed with the Tuscola County Clerk’s office this week against Akron village president Juanita Hollister, said Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting.
The proposed recall petition says Hollister should be recalled for the following reasons:
“1. Lack of leadership ability, there-by causing the resignation of a police chief, DPW supervisor and a village council member.
2. Fiscal irresponsibility causing the village to ammend the budget up by $125,000.
3. Attempted malfeasance by trying to charge the village a $60 meeting fee for talking to residents.”
The petition was filed by Robert Sode, who was Akron Village President until he decided not to seek election and Hollister was voted in.
The next step in the recall process is for a clarity hearing, which will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 25, before the Tuscola County Election Commission in the probate courtroom.
The commission consists of Fetting, Probate Judge Nancy Thane, and Treasurer Pat Gray.
Election commission members only make a determination on whether or not the wording on the petition can be clearly understood. They do not make a determination on facts.
If the commission determines the wording is not clear, the process is stopped at that point. However, if they determine the wording is clear, then the process starts of gathering signatures. The language, if approved, on the recall petition is valid for 180 days after it is approved. However, all of the signatures must be collected within a 90-day period from start to finish.
Signatures not gathered within that time frame are invalid and not counted.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.