The recall against Friend City Mayor Jewels Knoke and City Council members Phyllis Ryan and Shane Stutzman, which was set to occur later this year, has failed after enough signatures were tossed out.
The recall was over a state audit that found $1 million was misused by a former city employee. Petitioners needed to get 75 signatures for Knoke and Stutzman and 54 for Ryan. It sounds like enough were handed in, but they failed the verification test. An affidavit said that the petitioners who gathered some of the signatures was not the person who signed the document, so they were thrown out. Petitioners got 66 for Knoke and 40 for the other two.