Group hopes to recall Custer Co. commissioners over alleged open-meetings violations

The Pueblo Chieftain: A grassroots non-partisan committee alleging violation of public meeting laws began circulating petitions Tuesday in an effort to force a recall election against all three Custer County Commissioners.

The Take Back Custer County Recall Committee, comprised of Marjorie Ann Barthrop, Marjorie Ann Willson and Mike Haga, all of Westcliffe, is seeking to recall Commissioners Bob Kattnig, Donna Hood and Jay Printz, all of whom are Republicans.

The recall petition alleges the commissioners have violated their oath of office to uphold the Colorado Constitution by holding “closed door, executive sessions and/or secret meetings wherein county issues are discussed and policy decisions made, which are not accessible to the public.”

Printz, who is new to the commission, said the group is trying to “circumvent the will of the people and put in place candidates who lost in the last election. It’s disheartening and it’s all not true. Any meeting we have had has been done as required by law with our attorney present.”

The ballot wording also suggests the commissioners “disrespect citizens and employees by harassing them with emotional outbursts of anger” and “lack truthfulness.”

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