Oakridge residents launch recall campaign against mayor, council

Oakridge residents launch recall campaign against mayor, council »Play Video
"They don't listen to people, the City Council don't listen to the people," said petitioner John Ryon.

OAKRIDGE, Ore. - Some residents are outraged at recent events within the City of Oakridge, and now, they're doing something about it.

Two weeks after City Administrator Gordon Zimmerman announced the city was missing $420,000, some residents are saying it's time for a change.

"They don't listen to people, the City Council don't listen to the people," said petitioner John Ryon.

Ryon is one of a group of upset residents petitioning to recall four of the six City Councilors - Amy Kordosky, Glenn Fortune, Rayetta Clark and Gerald "Jerry" Shorey - and Mayor Don Hampton.

As for the other councilors, Ryon said petitioners are satisfied with the way they've acted.

"Right now, I hope they quit their jobs," said Ryon. "I think it's the City Council and Gordon's fault."

The city's problems and this recent recall petition have definitely sparked a lot of emotions on both sides of the issue.

"The lies, the fraud, I'll just become angry if I start talking about it really, it's just, it's ridiculous," said Todd Coonrod.

Dennis Clark Jr., whose step-mother Rayetta Clark is one of the councilors targeted by the recall, said he's frustrated with the recall petition.

"I don't believe it's fair. I believe they're trying to shift the position of power so they can fire Gordon Zimmerman," he said.

Only one councilor would comment on the current recall petition. Gerald "Jerry" Shorey said he's known about the petition for a few days.

"This is a citizen's right to do that sort of thing if they're unsatisfied with our elected officials," he said. "I support their right to exercise it, not to recall me."

Zimmerman would not comment on the recall petition but did explain the recall process.

According to Zimmerman, the group has 90 days to collect 173 valid voter signatures.

After signatures are collected and presented to the city, they're taken to the Lane County Elections Office for verification.

Zimmerman said after verification, the councilors have five days to respond or resign.

Zimmerman cannot be recalled by voters. The city administrator is hired and supervised by the City Council.