Ckfd Board Stays Seated


Recall efforts against the Christopher/Kohl's Fire District board of directors fizzled in Tuesday's primary election.

A single candidate was on the ballot challenging Jerry Fisher for his seat. Don Weesner received only 31 votes, according to unofficial results from Dixie Mundy, Gila County elections director.

Fisher had 119 ballots cast in his favor, as did uncontested board members Mikey Marazza and Powers Webb.

Mundy said there were a few outstanding ballots from the district, but she did not expect them to change the results, just the final numbers.

"I'm glad it's over," Fisher said of the recall.

Weesner said he was a little disappointed, "but the voters decided."

The recall campaign had several problems. One set of petitions was rejected last November due to a technical error in the documents. Then in July, a potential candidate, Brian Crandall, was removed from contention by Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill because of residency issues.

The recall drive was based on a variety of complaints against the board, including open meeting law violations and discrimination. These were determined to be unfounded by state authorities.

The Arizona Attorney General's office investigated the open meeting complaint and found no fault with the board. The Industrial Commission of Arizona determined former Fire Chief Kent Courtney's claim of discrimination by the board could not be sustained and stated no legal action was contemplated.

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