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Recall petitions were initiated in the City of Westminster for Mayor Herb Atchison, Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz, and Councillors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz on Sept. 1, with the filing of notarized affidavits stating the reasons for the proposed recall.

The City Clerk issued her Certification of Initial Determination of Insufficiency on Friday, November 13, 2020. Click here to view the report.  

An administrative protest hearing to consider protests related to recall petitions was held virtually on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The Administrative Hearing was conducted by Administrative Hearing Officer Karen Goldman, appointed by the Westminster City Council on October 12, 2020 by Resolution No. 37. Only those protests related to this matter that were not withdrawn were heard by Ms. Goldman. Ms. Goldman will present a report of her findings no later than five (5) days after the conclusion of the hearing, in accordance with state statute.

The recall process is overseen by the City Clerk and follows a set of rules and guidelines. A general overview of the recall process is outlined below. Progress updates are called out.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregg Moss at gmoss@cityofwestminster.us or at 303-378-7466.

Recall petitions were turned into the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall on Friday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m. Pursuant to C.R.S. § 31-4-503(3)(a), and W.M.C. 7-1-10(D) the city is prohibited by law from accepting any additional petition signatures after Friday, Oct 30.

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: On Wednesday, November 18, 2020 the recall committee for the recall of Mayor Herb Atchison, Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz and Councillors Kathryn Skulley and John Voelz, registered as “Westminster For Responsible Government,” withdrew all four recall petitions related to this matter. The physical custody of all petitions was transferred back to the recall committee the same day.  

The recall committee may amend and resubmit petitions related to this matter to the City Clerk for further review in accordance to applicable law. (Westminster City Charter section 3.18) The City Clerk will then review any resubmitted petitions and issue a final certification of sufficiency or insufficiency.

The City Clerk's Office has completed the review of the submitted petitions. Click here to view the report and all available documentation referenced in the summary of completed sections below.  

1. Inspect each original petition section for legal compliance. [completed]

2. Inspect each original petition section for completeness. [completed] 

3. Conduct an initial count of signature lines collected by petitioners to determine whether the minimum threshold number was reached. [completed] 

  • Please note: Only signatures collected during the 60-day period from Sept. 1 through the submission of petitions on Oct. 30, may be considered. Pursuant to C.R.S. § 31-4-503(3)(a), and W.M.C. 7-1-10(D) the city is prohibited by law from accepting any additional petition signatures after Oct. 30

4. Disassemble and copy all petition sections that will move to registered elector verification. [completed] 

5. Line-by-line registered elector verification processing (also done by temporary staff). [completed]

6. City Clerk determines sufficiency or insufficiency and issues a Certification. [completed]

  • Only signatures collected during the 60-day period from Sept. 1 through the submission of petitions on Oct. 30, may be considered. Pursuant to C.R.S. § 31-4-503(3)(a), and W.M.C. 7-1-10(D) the city is prohibited by law from accepting any additional petition signatures after Oct. 30

7. The third-party protest hearing officer, Karen Goldman (appointed by Westminster City Council on October 12, 2020 by Resolution No. 37), will review any protests submitted and that remain for review, and will hear from witnesses on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. during a virtual hearing. [completed]

8. The third-party protest hearing officer will submit her Findings of Fact and Conclusion from the petition protests that were heard on Friday, Nov. 20. [completed] (NOTE: The Findings of Fact and Conclusion were submitted on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and can be accessed here.)