Morro Bay mayor responds to recall notice
October 1, 2013
Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons filed a response Monday to the recall effort levied against him.
Last week, a group of Morro Bay citizens filed a notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall Irons. The mayor spurned the recall effort by attempting to fire City Manager Andrea Lueker and City Attorney Rob Schultz.
Irons defended his approach to the personnel dispute in his response to the recall notice.
“To date, no dismissals have occurred,” Irons wrote. “Should that occur, all necessary steps to ensure continuity and minimize disruption will be taken.”
Irons also responded to the allegation that he has breached his promise of transparency in the manner in which he has handled the potential firing of Lueker and Schultz.
“I improved transparency by allowing public comment on every agenda item and addressing waterfront issues in open session,” Irons wrote. “No action, including calling special closed session meetings can occur without the majority of council consent.”
Irons also noted his consistent stance on a wastewater treatment plant project and the fact that building fees and taxes have not increased during his term.
Opponents of Irons must gather signatures from 25 percent of registered Morro Bay voters to trigger a recall election.