New Recall Effort Begins For Albion City Council Member Sonya Brown
Once again, someone is attempting to recall a member of the Albion City Council.
Calhoun County Deputy Clerk of Elections Teri Loew says Monday that they have received recall petition language to recall Albion City Councilmember Sonya Brown from Precinct 3. The recall language, submitted by Precinct 3 voter Bruce Nelson, is as follows:
On 30 November 2018, Councilmember Sonya Brown violated Section 5.8 of the Albion City Charter by sending an electronic message directing City Manager Latonya Rufus to remove Scott Kipp as the head of Albion's Public Safety Department -- stating "Get rid of him! He's untrustworthy."
Section 5.8 of the City charter states:
The council members shall not individually direct the appointment or removal of any administrative officer or employee of the city and shall deal with the administrative service of the city only through the city manager, as to officers and employees made responsible to him.
Scott Kipp was not actually fired, and remains as the ADPS Chief.
The Calhoun County Clerk’s Office says that the County Election commission will review the petition March 11, to determine if the language of it is factual and sufficiently clear. It is not a hearing to debate the merits of the allegations.
This is not the first time someone has tried to recall Councilmember Sonya Brown. In Fall 2017, an effort was started to recall Brown for her alleged treatment of then-City Manager Cheryl Mitchell. The petitioner stopped that effort, however, after they said they were "satisfied" with Brown's side of the story.