By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
A group of Killeen residents petitioning to recall Mayor Tim Hancock picked up the necessary paperwork Tuesday.
Jason and Jutta Demmon have teamed up with Jonathan Okray to gather signatures.
Okray started a separate set of seven petitions last week to recall the city's council members. The effort to oust Hancock got started after people signing the council recall petitions continued to ask why the mayor wasn't included.
"It's the same things for holding him accountable and responsible for the citizens of Killeen," Okray said. "He's also a part of the council and it's not informing the citizens of what's going on behind closed doors."
At least 1,050 signatures for each of the council petitions must be gathered by May 4. The deadline for the petition recalling the mayor is May 11. It also needs at least 1,050 signatures.
Okray already has about half the needed signatures for the council members.
As of Tuesday evening, each council member's petition had the following number of signatures: Billy Workman, 562; Juan Rivera, 585; Larry Cole, 586; Ernest Wilkerson, 655; Kenny Wells, 656; JoAnn Purser, 670; Scott Cosper, 688.
Okray said he'd like to recall the mayor for the same reason he'd like to recall the council members, noting that there was a lack of explanation regarding why the city paid former City Manager Connie Green $750,000 to leave, instead of the lesser amount his contract stipulated.
Green, 49, became city manager in 2005 after David Blackburn resigned to become city manager in Temple. Green started with the city as finance director in 1990 and was promoted to assistant city manager in 2000.
Petition signings are planned at 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.
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