Backers of an effort to recall Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons have met the legal requirements to begin collecting signatures to hold a recall election.
Backers of the recall now have until Jan. 16 to collect the required 25 percent or 1,754 signatures of registered Morro Bay voters to place the recall on the ballot. If they reach that goal, the city will have to hold that election within 88 to 125 days, according to Morro Bay City Clerk Boucher, who certified the effort on Friday.
Depending on how quickly the signatures are gathered and can be verified, the recall could be part of the June primary election. “It is very, very likely that it would go on the June ballot,” Boucher said.
If a recall goes on the June ballot, it would cost the city approximately an extra $1,000 in printing costs. If a special election is required, it would cost the city about $56,000.
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Voters would be asked to vote for or against the recall. A list of candidates to replace Irons, if the recall is successful, would also be on the ballot.
Potential candidates to replace Irons could begin taking out election papers as soon as the city certifies that the recall has qualified for the ballot, Boucher said.
Irons has drawn the ire of some city residents due to his attempts to fire or discipline City Attorney Robert Schultz and City Manager Andrea Lueker.