Commissioners Respond To Recall

The two Antelope County Commissioners facing a recall attempt have filed their response statements.

Chairman Tom Borer and Allan Bentley had 20 days to respond after receiving official notification of the recall attempt. 

Bethany Miller filed the recall affidavit against Borer, alleging "mismanagement of county funds; spending money on an outside attorney after a State Patrol investigation. Misappropriation of taxpayer dollars for unnecessary expenses, including poorly timed projects. Mistreatment of elected officials, including waging public wars, refusing to allow them to speak and making unethical comments towards other officials."

Borer's response was, "All accusations against me are false; brought about by people with questionable motives. One commissioner cannot make financial, policy or other decisions alone. There is discussion on the topics and majority vote rules. The chairman is responsible for running orderly meetings and following the open meeting laws, all elected officials need to follow this law."

Jack Allemang filed the recall affidavit against Bentley, alleging "mismanagement of county funds; spending money on an outside attorney after a State Patrol investigation. Misappropriation of taxpayer dollars for unnecessary expenses, including poorly timed projects. Sending residents texts with false information and blaming those messages on alcohol consumption. Mistreatment of elected officials, including waging public wars, refusing to allow them to speak and making unethical comments toward other officials."

Bentley's response was, "All allegations against me are false. No single commissioner makes any policy or financial decision, must always be majority vote. Investigation uncovered several thefts by county official; actually saved county thousands in back wages. This recall appears to be an attempt to undo recent election results, so by law three people: county clerk, treasurer and attorney can handpick new commissioners."

Petitioners have 30 days to collect signatures from registered voters in the commissioners' respective districts in Antelope County. To move forward with a special election, 203 signatures are needed for Borer and 135 for Bentley. 

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