Applications for Recall Petitions Against Crunkleton, Ledford Withdrawn

One of the organizers of a recall effort against two Stephens County Board of Education members says they are ending their push.

Ed Mills announced Wednesday afternoon that they were immediately withdrawing their applications for recall petitions against both Tony Crunkleton and Jim Ledford.

Mills had picked up the applications from the Stephens County Registrar’s Office back on July 25, starting the process.

He said that they were withdrawing the applications because they could not prove any of the grounds listed in state law for recalling an official and make any of them apply to either Crunkleton or Ledford.

The Georgia Public Officers Recall Act of 1989 lists five possible grounds that can be cited as cause for recalling someone.

Three of them are committing an act or acts of malfeasance while in office, violating his or her oath of office, or willfully misusing, converting, or misappropriating, without authority, public property or public funds entrusted to or associated with the elective office to which the official has been elected or appointed.

A fourth possible reason for recall is if the official has committed an act of misconduct in office. State law said that means an unlawful act committed willfully by an elected public official or a willful violation of the Code of Ethics for Government Service contained in state law.

The final possible reason for recall spelled out by state law is if an official is guilty of a failure to perform duties prescribed by law. State law said that means the willful neglect or failure by an official to perform a duty imposed by a statute.

Both Crunkleton and Ledford said they did nothing illegal or unethical.