KINGFISHER — Three petitions that seek to recall members of the Kingfisher Board of Commissioners were declared invalid Friday.
But days after successfully recalling the city's mayor, the group of residents that filed the petitions plans to continue working to remove the three commissioners from office.
The group, upset with the firing of the city's former fire chief, filed recall petitions Feb. 5 against board members Janet Clark, Dale Foulk and Jeff Hyatt.
Kingfisher City Clerk Bill Tucker said Friday two of the petitions didn't have the number of valid signatures required to force a recall election. The third petition, which seeks a recall election to remove Dale Foulk, is invalid because Foulk's term expires in April, Tucker said. Any recall election would take place after that date. Foulk is term-limited after his current term.
The city's charter gives the group 10 days to collect more signatures and file the petitions again. Virginia Giglio, a member of the group seeking the recall, said they plan to try to refile the petitions.
The group alleges former Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter's firing was related to a competitive-bidding lawsuit his brother, Chris Poindexter, had filed against the city.
Giglio said she thinks Randy Poindexter's dismissal was a revenge firing. The group hopes to remove the three commissioners who voted not to reinstate the former chief.
“In doing so, they showed their true colors,” she said.
Chris Poindexter, who owns a construction company, filed a lawsuit in 2011 that named former Kingfisher Mayor Jack Stuteville and other city officials in an improper competitive-bidding case.
After nearly three years, Chris Poindexter, 47, of Lone Wolf, was awarded $2.4 million Jan. 30 in Kingfisher County District Court in the civil case. He sued after his construction company was bypassed for a floodwater control and drainage project in northwest Kingfisher.
Tension between Randy Poindexter and other city leaders grew as a result of the lawsuit, Chris Poindexter said.
In September, Kingfisher City Manager Dave Slezickey fired Randy Poindexter. Slezickey then hired a new fire chief, Tony Stewart.
Slezickey claimed Randy Poindexter did not get approval of the city commission before entering into an agreement for a used cardiac monitor-defibrillator.
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