Group working to recall Mitchell mayor

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MITCHELL, S.D. - A group of people are voicing their concerns with the mayor of Mitchell by working to have him removed.
They are doing this by petitioning for a mayoral recall.
Since Sunday more than 400 people have signed the petition.

The petition to recall Mayor Jerry Toomey cites two issues. The document reads:
“Since election, Mayor Toomey has exhibited GROSS INCOMPETENCE to fulfill the duties and obligation of the office of mayor and/or his display habitual intoxication or DRUNKENESS which deems him unfit for the office and subject to removal.”

18 people are circulating petitions, Brad Bolwing is one of them.

“I had several people call me and said that they were going to start a petition for recall for the mayor,” he said.

Bowling didn’t write the petition, but he wanted to be involved.
Last month he went to the city council to address the mayor.
It resulted in a confrontation that ended with the mayor screaming at him.
Bowling addressed the council to bring light to an incident that happened two years ago. After Bowling ran a red light, he says the mayor followed him to his house and called the police on him.

“I don't think anything less of something who doesn't want to sign it, that's your personal choice, but the people who have called me to sign it have all had a reason,” he stated.

Bowling says the people who put together the petition didn’t see another solution.

“We've tried other things, but I just don't think…This is kind of the last option,” Bowling said.

KSFY News reached out to Mayor Toomey for comment and he never responded to our calls.
The group has 60 days to collect more than 1,400 signatures required to get this issue on the ballot.