The city of Nixa set a date for a vote regarding a potential recall of Mayor Brian Steele.
The city has vetted a recall petition submitted in June and found enough valid signatures for a vote to be held Nov. 2, according to a news release. A copy of the petition provided to Springfield Business Journal shows residents taking issue with Steele enacting a coronavirus mask mandate last year.
"The mayor has acted individually and without regard to the citizens of Nixa, nor the vote of the City Council, enacting a mask mandate, labeling people and businesses as nonessential and taking other actions detrimental to the city of Nixa, its economy and the health and welfare of the community in general," the petition reads. "The mayor's incompetence has resulted in harm inflicted through his bad unilateral decisions during a pandemic and has inflicted irreparable harm on many citizens of Nixa through job loss, monetary loss and emotional health impacts."
Should the recall measure pass in November, Steele would be removed from office upon certification of the ballot results. Council would select a temporary mayor to serve until an election could be held in April 2022 for a person to fill the remainder of Steele's term that ends in April 2023, according to the release.
Council last month passed an ordinance with a budget amendment of $15,000 to cover anticipated costs of the special election in November.
Steele lifted the city's latest mask mandate at the end of April. The mandate first was ordered in October 2020 before being extended in December last year.
“By wearing a mask, you helped Nixa stay open for business," Steele said in a news release when lifting the mandate. "Despite everything the pandemic took from us, I am proud of our community for the way we came together to protect and serve one another."
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