Signatures have been submitted against Johnstown Mayor Chip Dutcher and City Council President Marvin Block over claims that they pressured the former police chief to fire the court clerk/police dispatcher. The chief has filed a complaint against Block. The police chief has been fired (there is also claims that he claimed the police chief and finance director where in an "inappropriate relationship.") The campaign is called the "Chip off the old Block".
Petitioners handed in 305 for Dutcher and 332 for Block and need 95 valids. One problem here is that petitioners may have jumped the gun, as there is a grace period of six months at the start of a term. The petitions seem to gave been taken out at the five month mark (both are on their second term, so petitioners are claiming that the law doesn't specify that it must be a new term.). A recall vote would be expected to be scheduled for August. The cost of the recall would be about $15,000 as a special in August and $700 if it is during the general election in November.