McAlester residents angered by officials' actions seeking recall

Tuesday, January 11th 2005, 5:55 am
By: News On 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- Some McAlester residents want to organize a drive to recall the mayor and city council members who bought back unused vacation and sick days from the city manager.

A group of about 100 met Monday night to discuss the situation involving City Manager Randy Green, who made $579,500 in the buyback.

Green says Mayor Dale Covington and council members approved the buybacks. still, officials voted unanimously last week to suspend Green for 20 days and then fire him.

Resident Tom Curtis says even if the cost of a recall election is high, voters should send a message that the buybacks won't be tolerated.

Volunteers have offered to organize ouster petitions for council members Michael Dawkins, Charles Repass, Louis Smitherman and Dale Nave.

Recalling the mayor would require signatures of about 2,000 city residents who voted in the last gubernatorial election.

Covington says he won't resign and doesn't expect his colleagues to either.

He says he expects a grand jury to indict Green, and believes he and the council will be exonerated.