Despite public support of Vice Mayor Bruce George, Camp Verde Town Council announces special recall election for Nov. 3

Recall, Budget Make Long Night for Camp Verde Town Council

Bruce George. VVN photo by Greg Macafee

Bruce George. VVN photo by Greg Macafee

CAMP VERDE - After close to 60 minutes of platitudes from a near-full council chambers, one would think that Bruce George was being inducted into the Camp Verde Hall of Fame.

Instead, he's being recalled.

Town Council officially approved notice and order on Wednesday, as it made official a special recall election against the vice mayor.

Choosing to abstain from public comment because he is the target of the recall did not stop his wife Pat George from speaking her mind.

"This man is honest. He cares. He gives back to the community," Pat George said. "He does not want credit. He wants a better town for the future ... he is an advocate for the town, the businesses and our future."

Several people lamented the estimated $30,000 cost of the Nov. 3 special election. Cat Davis of Camp Verde told council the recall is "ill-timed, ill-planned and ill-thought out." While Camp Verde resident Helen Zimmerli used the phrase "butterdoodle" to describe it.

"The recall is akin to preschoolers who did not get their way and are tossing a $30,000 tantrum," she told council.

In February, Camp Verde resident Cheri Wischmeyer declared her intent to recall George, council members Robin Whatley and Jessie Jones, as well as Mayor Charlie German because they voted to approve a .65 percent sales tax increase in January.

Wischmeyer, chairman of Camp Verde for Good Government, turned in signed petitions in June to recall George, Jones and Whatley. Only George will be recalled because not enough signatures against Jones and Whatley could be proven valid.

When Wischmeyer submitted signed petitions to recall the three council members, she said she would run for Whatley's seat. At this time, it is not known who will seek the vice mayor's council seat. According to council member Whatley, both Wischmeyer and Camp Verde for Good Government treasurer Debbie Barber should be expected to run for George's place on council.

"If Mrs. Wischmeyer and Mrs. Barber do not run, then they are being disingenuous," Whatley said. "I think they should have to see it through."

Though in attendance Wednesday, Wischmeyer did not speak to council about the recall.

Anyone interested in running for Vice Mayor George's council seat can pick up a candidate packet at the Camp Verde Clerk's Office, located at 473 S. Main St., suite 102.

Petitions must be filed between Aug. 5 and Sept. 4. To be placed on the ballot, qualified candidates need to submit petitions with at least 106 valid signatures. Nomination papers for write-in candidates are due by Sept. 24.

-- Follow Bill Helm on Twitter @BillHelm42 and Instagram @VerdeValleyNews

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