Protest period for Snowmass recall petition ends |

Protest period for Snowmass recall petition ends

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

The opportunity to protest a petition in Snowmass Village ended Friday, so a process to recall Councilman Chris Jacobson will move forward.

A petition to recall Jacobson was verified by the town clerk earlier this month. Registered voters in the town had 15 days to file a protest according to state law, but none had been filed as of 4 p.m. Friday.

Early next week, the town will submit the petition to the governor’s office, said Town Manager Clint Kinney. According to state law, which the town defers to on matters of recall, the governor sets an election date not less than 30 days but no more than 60 days after the date the petition was submitted.

However, the law provides Jacobson five days to submit his resignation without his position going to a recall vote. Jacobson, who faces criminal charges following a June 26 arrest, has said he doesn’t intend to resign.

If an election occurs and residents vote in favor of recall, they also will be asked to elect a successor. Nomination petitions are available from the town clerk and must be submitted 30 days before the election date.

As of Friday, at least two residents had picked up nomination forms, but Kinney wasn’t aware if they had turned in petitions yet.