Licking County News

Petition to recall Sagar certified


A petition submitted by Carl and Deanna Roshong of Mill Street to recall Pat Sagar from serving as Pataskala City Council’s First Ward representative was certified June 20, according to City Council clerk Kathy Hoskinson.

The petition was filed May 19.

The Roshongs have given no reason for seeking Sagar’s recall.

If Sagar does not resign within five days of receiving the certified petition, City Council has to schedule a recall election “not less than 40 days nor more than 60 days after the date of the clerk’s certification,” according to the city charter.

No special meeting had been set as of June 23.

Mayor Mike Compton said June 23 he was conferring with Law Director Rufus Hurst.

“She has five days to resign and I guess when that is official – whether she is or isn’t – we’ll have to move to the next step,” Compton said.
Sagar said she had no plans to resign.

“I will not resign and decline further comment,” she said June 23.

According to section 10.02 of the city charter, residents can request removal of any City Council member by submitting a letter of intent to the council clerk and then circulating petitions. The petition must contain valid signatures from 15 percent of the electors who voted in the First Ward, which Sagar represents, in the most recent regular municipal election.

Gloria Carson, director of the Licking County Board of Elections, said 711 First Ward residents voted in Pataskala’s last municipal election in November 2013. That means the petition must have 107 valid signatures.

Hoskinson said June 16 she had sent the petition to Hurst for review. She said the petition would be forwarded to the board of elections by Hurst.
Sagar is vice president of Pataskala City Council and is in her third term representing the First Ward after being appointed to City Council in 1999. Her current term expires Dec. 31, 2015.