Veteran Lassen County Supervisor Jack Hanson has been removed from the office he has held since 2003.
Voters in a recall election Tuesday overwhelmingly approved ousting Hanson, tallying 62 percent of the 928 votes cast.
The special election also produced Hanson's District 5 replacement: Tom Hammond, a Lassen County resident since 1984 who owns a convenience store and deli in Herlong.
Hammond received 582 votes, 92 percent of those cast for a replacement. There were 52 write-in votes for a candidate to succeed Hanson, said Julie Bustamante, Lassen County elections clerk.
The controversial recall campaign was launched over two years ago and involved two attempts to qualify for an election. After Bustamante rejected the second petition because some signatures were on an improper form, a judge ordered her to accept them.
Recall proponents cited Hanson's vote to terminate former Lassen County Administrative Officer Tom Stone among the grounds for removing him from office. They also cited his "indifference to the economic growth and development of Herlong and Doyle" and "unwillingness to embrace growth and economic progress for Lassen County."
Hammond said Wednesday the election results are "the will of the people. Hopefully we can move Lassen County in a more positive direction," he said.
Hanson, who was mid-way through his third term, was not available for comment.
Hammond is expected to be sworn into office after the county board of supervisors approves the final election results, scheduled for Sept. 24.