Snowmass council to set recall date now |

Snowmass council to set recall date now

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

The Snowmass Village Town Council will now set the date for a recall election of one of its members.

Some differences in interpretation of state law have caused some confusion at Town Hall as it deals with its first-ever recall election. Town staff members understood the state constitution as stating that they were to submit a finalized recall petition to the governor, which they did Monday, and that he would then set an election date at the appropriate time.

But the Governor’s Office responded by saying that setting the date was the town’s responsibility, and rather than fight it, staff members were beginning work Wednesday on a draft resolution for the council to consider at its next meeting, said Town Manager Clint Kinney.

The staff will recommend Oct. 13 for the election date, Kinney said. Ballots will be mailed out in advance of whatever date the town decides on.

A petition to recall Councilman Chris Jacobson was verified as having the required number of signatures 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. Aug. 21.

The election date must occur no less than 30 days but no more than 60 days after the final verification of the petition. The state constitution also 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 a 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 Monday, Planning Commissioners Tom Goode and Jamie Knowlton had turned in candidate affidavit forms, Coxon said.

The Town Council meets at 4 p.m. Monday.