Rose loses Clintonville recall vote

Effort was first in city’s history
By: 

Grace Kirchner, Leader Correspondent

Another chapter was added to the drama surrounding the Clintonville Common Council for the past several months Tuesday when District 4 residents recalled Alderman Greg Rose.

It was the first recall effort in the city’s 167-year history.

The unofficial results were as follows:

Lois Bressette 108

Greg Rose 93

Forty-three percent of the eligible voters cast ballots Tuesday.

Rose was elected to his District 4 seat in April 2013, defeating Bressette 84-77.

“It was difficult with a full-time job to run a full campaign,” Rose said Tuesday. “My opponent had more time to go door to door, and I did not, and it went in her favor. I congratulate her on the hard-fought campaign.”

Bressette, whose term will expire in April, could not be reached for comment.

Resident William VanDaalwyk launched the recall effort against Rose in July. The campaign collected 87 signatures; 56 were required.

VanDaalwyk said Rose’s actions, since being elected, were hostile to business and industry in Clintonville, and incited divisiveness within the community. He also said Rose breached his fiduciary duty by voting to replace a competent municipal attorney with an inexperienced relative of two council members.

Rose said that he voted for every business incentive item that came to a vote.

The Common Council voted 4-2 on Sept. 30 not to accept the certification of sufficiency issued Sept. 22 by City Clerk Peggy Johnson for the recall election.

No council members disputed the validity of the recall petition, but some said they did not think it was warranted.

Two days later, however, the state Government Accountability Board ordered the council “to promptly convene to call the recall election,” which it did on Oct. 7 with a unanimous vote, with Rose abstaining.

The recall effort coincided with the council’s decision to suspend then-City Administrator Lisa Kotter for unspecified allegations of misconduct.

Initially suspended in May, Kotter resigned Sept. 10. She and the city issued a news release saying her departure was not based on any misconduct but rather on “philosophical and stylistic differences.”

The city will continue paying Kotter through May 15, 2015, and Kotter agreed not to sue the city. Through August, the city had spent more than $17,000 on legal fees for the investigation and subsequent negotiations with Kotter.

At a meeting this fall, VanDaalwyk told council members other recall efforts could be coming.

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