Attorney reviewing petition

Dinosaur resident takes aim to recall mayor

A Dinosaur resident's push to oust the town mayor continues.

Sharon Gehring, a Dinosaur resident for a year, has submitted two previous recall petitions in hopes of prompting a recall election against Mayor Freda Powell.

Both petitions were rejected because they failed to meet standards under the Colorado Revised Statutes.

When reached Wednesday, Gehring said she hired Craig attorney Sherman Romney to review language in the proposed recall petition. Romney was not available for comment.

Gehring said she hopes to speak with Romney today about when the petition will be available for Dinosaur town officials to review.

If and when language in the petition is approved, Gehring may begin re-circulating the petition and acquiring signatures from Dinosaur registered voters in favor of recalling the mayor.

About 30 residents signed the petition the first two times, and Gehring said she hopes that each of them will re-sign.

"And I'm sure they probably will," she said.

Gehring began the recall petition in September. She has cited a lack of police protection, among other reasons, in the small town 90 miles west of Craig as basis for the recall petition.

Powell was elected in April by earning 74 of the 78 total votes cast in the mayoral race. She has maintained that she's done nothing to warrant the recall petition.

The mayor also contends that problems of police protection existed before her tenure and that her top priority remains serving the best interests of the whole town instead of a few select residents.

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