ALTURAS -- A group of Modoc County residents seeking to remove Supervisor Jim Wills from office turned in a petition Monday with 354 signatures, 95 more than needed to force a recall election.
The county clerk’s office has until Dec. 17 to verify the signatures, said Darcy Locken, who serves the rural county as registrar of voters as well as clerk.
If the petition includes 259 valid signatures, the county would hold a special election in April at a cost Locken estimated between $5,000 and $10,000.
Wills, who took office in January, has been the object of two unsuccessful recall attempts.
The grounds for ousting him include negligence and acting in a “personal capacity” in county business, which is a “gross misuse of political office,” according to the recall petition.