City Administrator Petition Fails

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The Sheridan City Council received an update Monday night regarding a petition that would call for a vote on the position of city administrator. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the story.


Last year in October, the Sheridan City Council adopted an ordinance that created the position of city administrator. Soon after its adoption, Banner resident Vicky Taylor began gathering signatures for a petition that would put the position to a vote decided by the residents of Sheridan.

City Attorney Greg Von Krosigk told the council Monday night that of the 553 signatures that were submitted on December 16, 78 of the names on the petition could not be verified. 529 verified signatures were required in order to hold a special election on the matter. He said that there was a four-tier review conducted of the non-verified signatures by City Finance and Administrative Services Director Jim Harmon, City Public Works Director Nic Bateson, Sheridan Police Chief Richard Adriaens, Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle and Sheridan County Clerk Eda Schunk Thompson.

Harmon, who was responsible for the initial verification process conducted on the 553 signatures, told the council that the petition was invalid.

During public comment, Sheridan resident John Fafoutakis, speaking on behalf of Vicky Taylor, who was not present at the meeting, requested a copy of the 78 signatures that could not be verified. The council, along with Harmon, agreed to make the signatures available to Taylor.