Chesapeake mayor recall effort ruled invalid

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 24, 2021

CHESAPEAKE — A petition to recall Chesapeake’s mayor has been ruled invalid by the Lawrence County Prosecutor.

Terry Griffith, of Chesapeake, a former council member, mayoral candidate and recorder, had turned in signatures to the county board of elections, hoping to place a recall of Kim Oldaker on the ballot.

According to Cathy Snyder, director of the board of elections, they sought the opinion of the prosecutor’s office, which they received on Thursday.

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The prosecutor found the petition invalid, as Chesapeake is not a charter municipality and did not have the protocols in place for a recall.

Snyder said Griffin should have sought legal counsel before proceeding.

“He could have saved himself a lot of trouble,” she said.

The board of elections hosted a special meeting on Thursday to accept the prosecutor’s opinion.

Oldaker was elected in 2019 and is serving her first term as mayor.