A recall petition is now being circulated against Dawes County Commissioner District 2 Vic Rivera.
Petitioner Taylor Wohlers of rural Crawford filed the petition earlier this month and Rivera released a formal statement last week saying he would fight the recall effort and calling the allegations “false and unfounded.”
Dawes County Clerk Cheryl Feist prepared petitions for signatures that include both the accusations from Wohlers and Rivera’s defense. Wohlers has 30 days to gather the signatures of at least 207 registered voters – 35% of Rivera’s total last November.
Wohlers says Rivera should be removed from office for “mismanagement of operations of District 2, interfering with relationships with present and past employees, and dereliction of duties.
Rivera says “it is apparent that the complaint does not have an understanding of the actual duties of the commissioners” or that they must “understand all sides before making a decision.”
Rivera says County Road Superintendent “manages the operations of all districts” while the commissioners “contribute by setting the budget, purchasing machinery, and by general ideas.”
Rivera, who was uncontested for a 3rd team in the general election after defeating Travis Nitsch in the Republican primary, also says “communications with county employees is vital to ensure safety and productivity.”
If Wohlers turns in his petitions, Feist will have 15 days to verify that at least 207 of the signatures are from registered voters in District 2.
If there are enough signatures, the county commissioners will set a recall election for no more than 21 days later. The county will be responsible for the costs of the election.