Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 20, 2016
Recall provision needed

The concept of character can imply a variety of attributes including the existence or lack of virtues such as empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty and loyalty. That is quoted from numerous dictionary sources.

How is it that the citizens (taxpayers) of this county can possibly trust Tooele County Commissioners Wade Bitner and Myron Bateman with the duty of taking care of county business when it appears that, first and foremost, they are concerned with their own interests? Yes, they may say otherwise, but the fact remains it has nothing to do with what they may perceive as quality leadership but what the perception is with the people of Tooele County.

A couple of years back, there was an article in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding recall laws in Utah or the lack thereof. It stated that two Utah counties, Grand and Morgan, allow recall elections, but the state changed the law in 2000 so that other counties could not follow suit. The article closed in saying that it may make sense to change the law again to allow local cities and counties to choose that option, even if legislators do not favor it for statewide officials.

I quote from Professor Timothy Pack of the University of Utah School of Law, the following from his article titled “High Crimes and Misdemeanors.:”

“Recall is superior to other removal methods because it bestows on the people of the jurisdiction the power to remove government officials instead of allowing government bureaucracy to have a monopoly of that power.”

In addition, he states the strongest argument in favor of recall in Utah is that although Utah has multiple methods for removing state and local officials, they are inadequate to fulfill the needs and the rights of the citizens of Utah. A recall provision is needed at the local government level.

In closing, I believe that Proposition 14 may be a step in the right direction, but ultimately the citizens of this county should have the final say based on their own beliefs.

John W. Baker


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