Wymore citizens recalled city councilman Dan Hawkins Tuesday.
A total of 130 votes were cast during the recall election with 70 votes in favor of Hawkins’ removal and 60 against. Ward I has 380 registered voters.
The recall effort was launched by Wymore citizen Lee Carr after Hawkins left five consecutive council meetings to prevent Mayor Dan Guenther from appointing Beth Cordry-Hookstra’s to the council.
Hawkins’ departures broke the quorum and effectively ended the meetings, meaning no more action could be taken.
Carr said he was happy with the results Tuesday night and said he hopes the town moves on.
“I think it’s a positive thing,” Carr said. “I think we’ve got to move forward now and take steps toward filling that seat and start looking for the future.”
Carr said he has no regrets about starting the recall process.
“I’m just glad it’s over,” Carr said. “It seems like it has taken forever, but this is a good thing.”
In Hawkins’ official response to Carr’s recall petition, he cited his reason for departing was to protest Guenther’s refusal to present other experienced candidates who were seeking the seat.
Hawkins did not return phone calls to the Daily Sun Tuesday night.
Guenther did eventually appoint Sue Sapp to the position on March 2 after Cordry-Hookstra voluntarily withdrew her name from consideration. Hawkins joined the rest of the council in approving Sapp’s appointment.
Guenther said he didn’t have a comment on the result of the election, but did say he hoped more citizens would have turned out in Ward 1 to vote Tuesday.
“I guess I’ll need to find me a new council person,” Guenther said, indicating he has “5-6 names that people have given me.” Guenther said he has been approached by community members as well as sought out some potential candidates from business owners in Wymore.
“I didn’t do anything before that because I didn’t know if Mr. Hawkins would get recalled or not,” Guenther said. “Now I guess I’ll have to start getting serious.”
Guenther said the people of Wymore want to move forward.
“I think there’s a lot of people in the community that would like to get the city back on track again,” Guenther said. “Some of them are just tired of the games that were played in years gone by.”
The mayor, who has been a resident of Wymore for five years, said he doesn’t know much about the local politics before his arrival.
“Life moves along in Wymore, Nebraska,” Guenther said.