YERMO — Michael Cint with the Citizens For a Better Yermo reports that 250 "raw signatures" were submitted to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters in the effort to recall two community service directors.
Yermo Board President Bob Smith and Vice President Geoff Berner were served with recall papers during the September meeting. Chief Deputy Registrar Audilia Lozada said in October that 189 valid signatures were needed to push the recall through.
Cint said he delivered the signatures on Wednesday, the day of the San Bernardino shootings. He said he was told it would take two weeks to process the signatures. Registrar of Voters Public information Manager Melissa Eickman verified on Tuesday that the petitions with signatures were received.
Eickman said her office has 30 business days to verify the signatures. But she said it shouldn't take that long. According to the procedures for recalling state and local officials, if the required amount of signatures is certified, then the district has 14 days to call for an election. The election has to be held within 125 days, but not less than 88 days.
If a recall election is held, voters would have the option to mark yes for the recall of the elected official and then vote for one of the candidates to replace that person.
"We didn't have time to talk too much," Cint said of delivering the signatures. "I'm fairly confident. We verified all the signatures on our own. Baring anything crazy, I'm very confident."
In the process in collecting the signatures, Cint said 60 new voters were registered.
Besides the recall effort, the community service board still needs to appoint a new director. Fire Chief Sean Cloughen resigned from the board in September. As of the November board meeting, there was only one known applicant.
Cint acknowledged he submitted an application. However, nobody seems to know for sure if there is more than one applicant. General Manager Melissa Martin was on medical leave for several weeks, leaving the district office closed. The Desert Dispatch has placed several calls to Smith, but he has not returned messages. Berner says he believes Cint is the only candidate.
The appointment of a new director was on the November meeting agenda, but neither Smith nor Director David Jensen attended. With no quorum, Berner and Director Gary Yearsley were unable to take action.
On Friday, Berner said Martin has resigned and the office is still closed. He said items on the November agenda will move to the December meeting. However, Yearsley said Smith sets the agendas. He says nobody knows for sure what will be on the agenda. Yearsley said he believes the board should hold an emergency meeting.
The December meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Berner said the district will advertise for a new general manager.
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