Earlier this year it came to light that Pleasant Hill City Clerk Kim Lehmkuhl failed to produce city council minutes for an entire year, opting to live tweet the meetings instead.
Residents of the East Bay city have been atwitter ever since the story broke, with some even calling for her resignation. In fact, a group of organizers has even banded together in an effort to qualify a recall for the November ballot.
If organizers are successfully in attaining the necessary 3,800 signatures that would trigger a recall, taxpayers would be on the hook for $23,712, according to an estimate provided by the Contra Costa County Elections Division.
Even if the group falls short of their signature goal, the city would still have to reimburse the county up to $3,000 for verifying the petition.
The city clerk is typically charged with handling election issues, but there is a conflict of interest given that Lehmkuhl would be handling her own recall effort. To correct this the city council agreed on Monday to hire a former employee at $80 an hour to oversee the recall efforts.
According to the Contra Costa Times, Lehmkuhl has labeled the recall effort “theatrical.”
“I just don’t think it’s really thought through,” she stated.
Read more at the Contra Costa Times.