Group collecting signatures to recall Lawrence mayor
A leader of a group seeking to recall Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence said Monday that it has obtained enough signatures from registered voters to begin the process.
Lawrence police Officer William Green, who Rivera tried to fire last year, said his group gathered about 300 signatures on Sunday and will submit paperwork to the city clerk’s office on Wednesday to formally launch the effort. One hundred signatures are needed for the first phase of a recall effort.
Green said that once the signatures are certified, his group, called Foundation for Transparency in Government, will need approximately 5,600 registered voters to sign the recall petition for the initiative to go forward.
If the petition is approved, and Rivera does not resign, the City Council will schedule a special election, which Green said could happen in late January or early February.
“Crime was supposed to get better [when Rivera took office], things were supposed to improve, and it really hasn’t happened,” said Green, who listed several grievances, including what he said were Rivera’s improper hiring practices and lax response to certain public safety issues.
Rivera declined to address Green’s allegations but said opponents “have been threatening recalls since the beginning of our election,” noting that he defeated his predecessor, William Lantigua, by a thin margin.
Green served a three-month suspension last year for failing to report nightclub details he worked in 2012 and keeping the city’s $338 share of his pay for the details, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported.