Westminster shortens recall deadline

Double-checking city, state rules gives recall group two days less

Scott Taylor
staylor@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/16/20

A re-reading of City of Westminster and Colorado statutes led the city to shorten a deadline by two days for a recall effort targeting four City Councilors. City spokesman Gregg Moss said that the …

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Westminster shortens recall deadline

Double-checking city, state rules gives recall group two days less

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A re-reading of City of Westminster and Colorado statutes led the city to shorten a deadline by two days for a recall effort targeting four City Councilors.

City spokesman Gregg Moss said that the original deadline called for the recall group to file their petitions with the City Clerk on Nov. 2, a Monday. Moss said the new deadline is Oct. 31, a Saturday.

“Of course, Saturday is not normally a working day for City staff, but we are making arrangements to have four members of the City Clerk’s team to meet the petitioners at City Hall to receive the filed petitions,” Moss wrote in an email.

Moss said the city’s standard practice is to push filing deadlines to the next business day when they occur on a weekend or holiday.

“After further review, however, of the City Charter (City Charter section 3.18, Westminster Municipal Code section 7-1-10(D) and Colorado Revised Statutes section 31-4-503(2)(a)), the City Attorney’s Office determined that all petitions for recall must be filed with the City Clerk no later than sixty days from when the petition was approved as to form,” Moss wrote in his email. “Bottom line, the City cannot accept these petitions if they are filed after Saturday, October 31, 2020.”

Accepting petitions after that would make it possible to throw them out according to Colorado law, Moss wrote.

“The City wants to make sure that all petitions get a fair and legal chance to be considered,” he wrote.

Moss said the City Clerk notified that recall petition group that the deadline had changed Oct. 8. City Councilors, meeting in a study session to discuss water rates at that time, cut their discussion short to review an email in a closed-door executive session. Moss said due to executive session rules, he’s not allowed to discuss the reason for that closed-door meeting or what was said.

“Having said that, the City Clerk did send a notice last night to the petitioners who are collecting signatures as part of the process of a potential recall of elected city officials,” Moss said. “The purpose of the email was to clarify the filing deadline.”

Representatives from Westminster Water Warriors, the group leading the recall effort, could not be reached for comment.

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