CLATSKANIE, Ore. (KOIN) — A recall election against Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl will be held November 17 after the Columbia County Elections Department approved the citizen-driven petition.
The effort to recall Pohl began after a series of events in the city:
— Police Chief Marvin Hoover was allowed to resign with pay following remarks he allegedly made comparing African-Americans to monkeys
— Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl initially failed to acknowledge the accusations against Chief Hoover in a letter to The Chief newspaper. In the piece, Mayor Pohl praised Chief Hoover for a job well done during his time with the city.
— Pohl’s husband, Ray Pohl, was charged with 30 counts of public indecency against the family of a local officer who recently accused his police chief of making racist remarks. Ray Pohl was also on the city’s planning commission until his resignation in September. He is accused of harassing a Clatskanie police officer’s mother-in-law. Monday, he pleaded not guilty to each of the 30 counts.
Ballots for the recall will be mailed October 28-29, Columbia County officials said, with the election date of November 17.
In a “Statement of Justification” filed with the county clerk’s office, Diane Pohl said the “petition was generated from inaccurate assumptions. … This (accepting Hoover’s resignation) was a Council decision. I did not accept any agreement nor did I make any recommendation. .. I respectfully ask to serve as your Mayor for the remainder of my term.”
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