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Petitioner seeks to recall county commissioner

By Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on April 12, 2016 5:45PM

Last changed on April 13, 2016 1:28PM

Boyd Britton

Boyd Britton

Dayville resident Julie Carr is collecting signatures in an effort to recall Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton.

She filed the prospective petition with the county clerk March 28.

Carr could not be reached for comment, but her petition statement lists four reasons for demanding the recall.

She says Britton has failed to represent constituents “on road and access issues,” violating a county ordinance in the process.

Britton refused to call for an investigation of the Canyon Creek Complex fire, she says, “despite the overwhelming continued request by the majority of his constituents”

Carr says he fails to recuse himself as a commissioner when dealing with agencies from which he has benefited personally and financially.

She also says Britton “deliberately misrepresented his intentions of attending a community meeting on Jan. 26, 2016 acting in the capacity as Grant County Commissioner.”

Britton said he was surprised and disappointed with the recall effort.

Britton said he has been a commissioner for more than 13 years. He said he is most proud of his work in helping establish the Blue Mountains Forest Partners.

“I am so very proud of where we’ve gone with the collaboration. I was on the ground floor of it,” he said. “I’m very, very proud to be a part of that.

“I’m hoping they’re not able to come up with the requisite amount of signatures,” he said. “I try really, really hard to represent all of Grant County.”

County Clerk Brenda Percy said a minimum of 496 signatures from active, registered voters are needed for the recall to move forward.

If the required signatures are collected and verified, Percy said, Britton will have five days to file a justification statement or resign.

If Britton doesn’t resign, she said, the county must hold a special county-wide election for the recall within 35 days.

If the majority votes to recall Britton, the remaining two Grant County Court members will appoint a third officer to fill the position until the next pertinent election.


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