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Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:10 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen resident Jonathan Okray announced Monday afternoon he'd be calling for a recall of Mayor Tim Hancock with a petition for a recall election.

Okray said he submitted an affidavit for the petition to City Secretary Paula Miller and plans to pick up his petition documents this morning.

Today and until his deadline for the petition is up, Okray said he'd host more signing events for residents to sign the petitions.

At the events, residents will have the option of signing petitions for each council member in addition to the mayor.

Signing events are planned at 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On the weekend they will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. All signings are scheduled at the Killeen Community Center.

The deadline for Okray's council petitions is May 4, by which time he must have 1,050 signatures for each recall petition.

If given his paperwork today for a mayoral recall petition, he will have until May 11 to bring in at least the same number of signatures.

Okray already has about half the needed signatures after starting his original seven petitions last week.

As of Saturday, the following number of signatures had been collected for each respective council member: Billy Workman, 475; Juan Rivera, 494; Larry Cole, 496; Ernest Wilkerson, 537; Kenny Wells, 546; JoAnn Purser, 543; and Scott Cosper, 543.

Okray said the reason he'd like to recall the mayor is on the same grounds he'd like to petition for a recall of council members.

He said there was a lack of explanation regarding why the city paid off former City Manager Connie Green $750,000, instead of the lesser amount his contract stipulated.

Green, 49, became the city manager in 2005 after former City Manager David Blackburn left to work the same position in Temple.

In 1990, Green started with the city as finance director and was promoted to assistant city manager in 2000.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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