Fire Board Member Faces Recall

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Ross Gooder will face a recall.

The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved an order on Dec. 19 calling for a special recall election of the Pine-Strawberry Fire District board member.

According to a public notice from the Gila County Division of Elections, the recall election will be held Tuesday, May 15, and will be conducted through a vote-by-mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed beginning April 12.

Pine-Strawberry Fire District Board Chair Rose Harper declined to comment on the specifics of the recall. She confirmed the election is for Gooder's position on the board, but could not say if there is an opponent.

"Whomever is going to run has to go through the proper election process," Harper said. "If nobody runs, Gooder gets back in."

Gooder said he has prepared a written statement but did not produce it by press time. He said the allegations against him resulting in the recall were "not true." He did not return phone calls seeking further inquiry.

Calls to Gila County Elections Supervisor Dixie Mundy and Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Bill Dekker were not returned.

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