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City Administrators Detail Procedure to Follow if Mayor is Recalled

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels is facing a recall election on Nov. 6.

Per the request of Troy City Councilman Jim Campbell at a meeting in August, Troy city administrators have detailed the procedure for replacing Troy Mayor Janice Daniels if the recall effort against her is successful on Nov. 6.

The following information is from a memo sent Sept. 5 to members of City Council from acting City Manager Mike Culpepper, Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm and City Clerk Aileen Bittner:

As requested at the , we reviewed the State Statutes concerning recall elections, as well as City Charter provisions and the City Council Rules of Procedure. The following procedure is based on this research. 

November 6, 2012

City Election with Recall Question 

November 7-11, 2012

County Board of Canvassers certifies results and notifies City Clerk

  • If more persons voted No than Yes: no change 
  • If more persons voted Yes than No: current Mayor Pro Tem is sworn in immediately as Acting Mayor to serve until new Mayor Pro Tem appointed 

November 12, 2012

Official Declaration of Vacancy & Annual Election of Mayor Pro Tem

  • Office of Mayor declared vacant by City Council 
  • Council Rules of Procedure call for election of Mayor Pro Tem annually on specific rotating basis 
  • New Mayor Pro Tem sworn in as Mayor Pro Tem and Acting Mayor 
  • Acting Mayor serves until City Council appoints a new Mayor 

On or before December 11, 2012

City Council is required to appoint a Mayor within 30 days of the County Board of Canvassers certification. Appointed Mayor serves until 7:30 p.m. on November 11, 2013.

  • If a City Council member wishes to be appointed as Mayor, the Member must submit a letter of resignation of the City Council position to the City Clerk. City Council acts upon letters of resignation at the next City Council meeting. There are two meetings in the 30-day period: Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. Resigning will shorten the term of office if that Member’s term expires later than Nov. 11, 2013. 
  • City Council declares a seat vacant upon acceptance of a letter of resignation (as set forth above). This vacancy is required to be filled by City Council appointment within 30 days of the vacancy. 
  • Since no process for appointment is specified, there could be an application/interview process or any other process decided on by City Council. The only restrictions have to do with term limits and eligibility requirements. 
  • Failure to appoint a Mayor within 30 days could be official misconduct 

November 5, 2013

Regular City Election for City Council and unexpired Mayor’s term 

November 11, 2013

Newly elected Mayor and City Council are sworn in to office 

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Daniels first came under fire in December for her  and has remained the center of controversy after  (a  was later approved), telling the  Gay-Straight Alliance she would bring in an expert to tell them  and writing a lengthy position paper some viewed as .

For comprehensive coverage of the recall effort, visit the Troy Mayor Janice Daniels topic page. For the latest Troy news and information, follow Troy Patch on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.

Troywatcher September 11, 2012 at 08:45 PM
One Troy miscreant to be replaced with another Troy miscreant. It is a wash.
Dale Murrish September 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Thanks for the helpful information, Jen. This was a wise expenditure of tax money so the people of Troy will know what they are getting if they vote Yes on the recall. Tax money is being spent on this extra election for Mayor Daniels to defend her seat after one year instead of four. The City of Troy pays the salaries of the City Clerk, City Attorney and City Manager. Just because they are not being paid overtime doesn’t mean it costs the taxpayers nothing. Let’s hope the majority of Troy voters have the wisdom to vote no on the recall even if they disagree with some of Mayor Daniels’ policies. The last thing Troy needs is a month of post-election turmoil (more tax money --wasted time at already long council meetings) appointing a new mayor. The seven member council is functioning quite well lately, as the thoughtful questions about the new development last night demonstrated. The collective wisdom of all six council members (Wade Fleming was absent) narrowed the concerns down to the traffic issue at Alpine and Big Beaver.
Dale Murrish September 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hopefully the bank and the developer will listen to Tom Krent’s proposal for moving the bank to the east side of the property. It could be a mirror image of what has already been designed and separate the bank traffic from the rest of the shopping center traffic. It would also replace the left turn from the bank drive-through to Alpine only two car-lengths from Big Beaver with a right turn onto McClure. If not, maybe they could change the drive-through lanes to head north instead of south. That would also eliminate the dangerous left turn but there wouldn’t be as much room for cars to wait in line. Marketing the retail space seemed like a pretty lame reason for not changing the design. The visual appeal of the stores and the bank would be about the same regardless of the order of their appearance along Big Beaver, in my opinion. Making a mirror image with today’s CAD software is not a big deal.
Sue Martin September 12, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Dale, the same amount of tax money would be spent on this election whether or not the recall issue appeared on the ballot. It is misleading of you to imply otherwise.
Daffy Noodnicks September 12, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Hopefully, Troy voters will vote yes on the recall. The last thing Troy needs is any more of Janice Daniels.
Dale Murrish September 12, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Sue, tax money was spent paying the salaries of city employees and the council members in November if the recall is successful. Time is money. I'm not trying to mislead anyone. Please read carefully what I wrote. The ballot proposal itself costs no tax money except for the ink (very little!) and the time to tabulate the results. The bigger issue is the extra election the mayor must face, defending her seat after one year instead of the normal four. That's the main reason I oppose the recall. I favor regularly scheduled elections unless someone has done something illegal or abused the trust of the people. In my opinion, Mayor Daniels has done nothing wrong. This is a modern day witch hunt by her political opponents.
Daffy Noodnicks September 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Nothing wrong? Really? You really are blind.
Sue Martin September 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Dale, tax money is spent every day to pay those employed by the city to do the business of the city. That's how it works. And if you cannot recognize that the Mayor has abused the trust of many of the people of Troy...then there's little point of me trying to discuss it with someone so close-minded. You may believe she's done nothing wrong; a vast number of residents disagree with you.
Lynn Hodorek September 12, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Sue, you took the words right out of my mouth.
Linda September 12, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I wonder how many WASTED hours of city staff time has been spent on fixing things that our inept Mayor has caused. I would think in four years it would far exceed the cost of an election. However, Dale, let me repost a comment to you previously since you obviously don't understand: 9:35 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Dale, What extra election? The recall is part of this November's ballot. In 2013, there will be a council election, so I don't see where you think there is an "extra election." Please do not try to again confuse voters. Let's give it to them straight for a change. The truth is there is NO EXTRA ELECTION. What is interesting is that you seem to respond out of the same playbook as Janice. Wordsmith, evade and do whatever is necessary, but don't state the facts. Just because you repeat something over and over and over and over again, does not make it true.
Cathy Fucinari September 12, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Then she should not have misled the voters before her election to office. People who voted for her signed petitions to recall her because they realized they had been scammed. These are all regularly scheduled elections. This is NOT a witch hunt by her opponents. This is a multi-partisan effort to protect the reputation of our community.
Cathy Fucinari September 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
By the way, the staff of the city is paid for doing their jobs. This effort is part of their jobs NO ADDITIONAL TAX MONEY is being spent.
Dale Murrish September 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I read your comment both times and understood it. I understand your point of view and disagree with it. I held your worldview for 25 years so I understand it pretty well. Do you understand my viewpoint and that of many others who are unwilling to face a barrage of impolite criticism on the Patch by commenting? The Troy part of this issue will be settled in November at the ballot box; we’ll see how it comes out. In the meantime, I will not be silent and continue to advocate for what I believe to be right.
Daffy Noodnicks September 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Advocate as you please. When you say things that aren't true don't expect people not to call you on it.
V. Scheurich September 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Vote NO.........and tell SEIU that they are not needed in our lives to make a living! The real problem with Public Unions is that the Union leaders during tough and lean times when the tax payers are tapped out themselves will "only" except lay-offs as a means to balance their towns, cities, states governments. This places the taxpayers who are the providers and funders of these public union employees through tax collections which brings risk and safety issues when the fireman and police are laid off instead of taking less in wages and/or benefits to balance their cities or townships budgets. Putting the homeowners/taxpayers at risk by the Unions "only lay-off policies" is wrong and immoral. Union leaders to their constituents: "Keep them dues coming"! http://juwannadoright.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/if-you-afscme-ill-tell-you Pension shortfalls in the Public Union: http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/06/u-s-public-pensions-face-1-trillion-shortfalls/
Daffy Noodnicks September 14, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Who the heck is the SEIU? This has nothing at all to do with the recall. Go troll somewhere else.
Anonymous September 15, 2012 at 04:30 AM
You know, maybe one of the writers who speak so negatively about the mayor should run for that office; then we could use all these negative remarks they make against her during their campaign because they're character seems to portray one of a "bully" just as much as they write that the mayor is one. Dale I agree with our comments!
Lucille Musser Arking September 18, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Anonymous , at least Dale Moorish believes in himself enough to not hide behind a pseudo name. While Iseldom agree with him Ido respect him for that honesty .
Anonymous September 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
What difference does it make what name I use -- Troywatcher and Daffy Noodnicks are anonymous, too!
Daffy Noodnicks September 21, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I've given my name several times, and will do so when anyone asks: Matt Goodman.
Daffy Noodnicks September 21, 2012 at 02:14 AM
PS: I don't think it makes any difference what name people post under. This isn't a court of law. It's a community news website. How many people really pay attention? Let's not get carried away with ourselves.

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