Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Oregon; Wheeler County Judge Kicked out in recall vote

Judge Patrick C. Perry has been tossed out in a recall 406-208. The Governor appoints a replacement, though the seat will now be added to the November ballot.

I've noted in other posts that there hasn't been a recall vote of a judge in the country since 1982 (and the last removal was in 1977), and it is not clear that this counts. Perry does preside over juvenile and probate hearings, but he also chairs the county commission. So this seems more like an executive/legislative position. (there was an earlier recall of a Harney County position in Oregon this year -- the official survived the vote --, but that was clearly an executive position).

Seven county officials called for his resignation over having an inappropriate relationship with employees.

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