Tillamook County Clerk’s Office announces Cannon Beach Fire Board recall election deadlines and dates

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Local voters who reside in the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in the CBRFPD recall election later this month, through April 5.

That’s according to an announcement released late last week by the Tillamook County Clerk’s Office.

While the majority of the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District is located in Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, it also includes the portion of Falcon Cove located on the Tillamook County side of the Tillamook-Clatsop County border.

Cannon Beach resident Susan Neuwirth launched the recall effort in January against CBRFPD Board members Sharon Clyde, who serves as board president, Garry Smith and Linda Beck-Sweeney. In her recall petition, Neuwirth wrote that the board fired Cannon Beach Fire Chief Mike Balzer in a “disrespectful, cold and calculating” manner.

According to Ballotpedia, “Neuwirth said that Balzer was locked out of his office, collected his belongings with a police escort on hand and sent to walk home in the rain. The board said the termination was ‘strictly business, not personal,’ and said Balzer lacked the necessary clerical and administrative skills. Recall proponents did not believe it was a satisfactory reason.”

Read more about the background of the recall election here.

The following are deadlines related to the recall election:

  • March 15 – Voter registration deadline. Registration cards postmarked March 15, 2016 will be valid.
  • March 17 – First day ballots will be mailed and the drop box at the Tillamook County Clerk’s Office will be open. The drop box will continue to be open during regular Tillamook County Courthouse hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through election day, April 5.
  • April 5 – Election day. The Elections office in the Tillamook County Courthouse will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.
  • April 25 – Last day to certify election results.

Voters will have the option of mailing their ballots or returning them to a designated State of Oregon drop site by 8 p.m. on election day.

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