Voters to decide on Hot Sulphur mayoral recall
Ryan Summerlin May 1, 2012
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS – The Hot Sulphur Springs mayoral recall election is set to take place on June 19.
Although candidate petition packets have been available for a week, as of May 1, no potential mayoral candidates have picked up packets to run against the subject of the recall Mayor Hershal Deputy, according to Hot Sulphur Springs Town Clerk Sandy White.
The date for the recall was set after a 15-day protest period against the recall resulted in none filed, White said. Any potential candidates have until May 17 to turn in their bid for the seat.
Even if there are no candidates running against Deputy, an election will still take place.
Voters will be asked by yes or no question if the mayor should be recalled. If most voters elect “no,” Deputy retains the office.
If the result of the election ousts Deputy and there are no other candidates for the position, it’s likely Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Mcvay would be appointed mayor per state statute, then his position on the board filled by board appointment.
If there are candidates listed on the ballot, voters would then elect a mayor from that list.
The ballot will have a 200-word summary of the recall committee’s reasons for the recall as well as a 300-word response from the mayor, defending his actions.
Deputy, who also served as town trustee, originally was appointed to the board as Hot Sulphur’s mayor on Dec. 21, 2006, to fill the seat vacated by then-mayor Clint Roberts. In the next election in 2010, incumbant Deputy won his seat unopposed. His term was set to expire in 2014.
A recall petition circulated by a four-person committee was handed into the town on March 6 with as many as 102 signatures on it in a town with 350 active voters. The petitioners had needed 24 signatures to put the process of recall into motion.