NEWMAN GROVE — Efforts are under way to try to recall Fawn Steiff, the mayor of Newman Grove.
The principal circulator of the petitions is Connie Johnson of Newman Grove.
Johnson is the wife of David C. Johnson, whom Steiff defeated in 2010.
According to the recall affidavit, the following reasons were included for attempting to recall Steiff: “complete lack of capable skills required to function in the office of mayor; no knowledge/understanding of city finance; undermining council decisions; disregard for ‘Robert's Rules of Order'; spending without prior council approval; negligent in city and state policies; mandatory trainings, unbilled residents; discrepancies from meeting to meeting; no strategic plan.”
Steiff has defended her actions.
Nancy Scheer, Madison County clerk and election commissioner, said Johnson picked up the petitions Friday and will have 30 days to gather 91 signatures to force a recall election.
The number of signatures is based on the number of people who voted in the last election for Newman Grove mayor, she said.
Steiff also asked about the cost of a special election versus placing the election on the primary ballot -- if enough signatures are gathered, Scheer said.
Based on her research, Scheer estimated the cost of a special election would be about $1,890, as opposed to “substantially less” if it is on the primary ballot.
If it is a special election, the cost would be paid solely by the Newman Grove taxpayers.
— World-Herald News Service