Licking County News

Recall election for Sagar will be Aug. 19


Pataskala City Council on June 30 voted 6-0 to set a recall election Aug. 19 for Councilwoman Pat Sagar.

Sagar did not attend the meeting.

Precincts in the city’s First Ward will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Only First Ward residents will vote to retain Sagar or remove her from City Council.

The recall was initiated by Carl and Deanna Roshong, who circulated petitions and obtained signatures from the required 15 percent of voters in the First Ward.

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 was required to have 107 valid signatures.

The Roshongs did not speak during the special meeting June 30 but First Ward resident Eileen DeRolf said she, too, had issues with Sagar.

DeRolf said Sagar does not always represent the rural concerns of her ward. She said earlier this year, Sagar asked the Pataskala Division of Police prevent DeRolf from speaking to her after DeRolf questioned Sagar in an email about her thoughts on City Council’s hearing on Councilman Mike Fox.

City Council dropped charges raised against Fox on Jan. 15. In a negotiated deal with the city, Fox agreed to apologize for three malfeasance charges brought against him and accepted a reprimand.

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.