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Worth County residents working to recall commission chairman

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Michael Shivok, Worth County Resident Michael Shivok, Worth County Resident
Joe Gaines, Worth County Commissioner Joe Gaines, Worth County Commissioner
Chairman Mike Cosby (right), at Tuesday's Commission meeting with Commissioner Mack Sutton (center) and Joe Gaines (left) Chairman Mike Cosby (right), at Tuesday's Commission meeting with Commissioner Mack Sutton (center) and Joe Gaines (left)
Worth County Courthouse and government center Worth County Courthouse and government center
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Some Worth County residents say they've had enough of their commission chairman, and they want to kick him out of office.

They say Mike Cosby has held illegal meetings and generally makes bad decisions.  Now, they've started a recall petition, but some other commissioners say the accusations are frivolous.

Those critics are upset over the county's financial struggles and allegations of two illegal hires.  Some residents say Chairman Mike Cosby has transformed Worth County into a place they're no longer proud of, and it's time to take action before permanent damage is done. 

"We're laughed at because of what's going on.  Everybody knows in the other counties what's going on.  And we're being laughed at and I don't like being laughed at as a county," said Michael Shivok, Worth County Resident. 

Now, Shivok is working with a handful of residents to recall Cosby on allegations the chairman has broken state laws.

"12 counts on the Sunshine laws against him.  And this was turned into the attorney general already and that was before I started.  That was turned in, and the way I understand, there's four more counts right now," said Shivok. 

But some county leaders deny allegations of any illegal activity.

"Well, based on what I've seen, I call it frivolous.  I think it's just some type of rebuttal action against the fact that he's the new chair of Worth County.  And people who don't particularly like him, or who didn't vote for him are, in my opinion, just retaliating," said Joe Gaines, Worth County Commissioner.

Citizens heading the recall surveyed 500 Worth County residents and said even those who voted for Cosby are having a change of heart.

"Two questions were asked: who did you vote for, and would you vote for a recall?  440 of them people voted for Mike Cosby and all of them said they would sign a recall," said Shivok.

But some county leaders are standing behind the chairman.

"I think if you analyze what the chairman is doing from the time he took office, you will see that he's making an effort to carry this county forward," said Gaines.

But he may not have the opportunity if a recall is moved forward in the next few weeks.  

Shivok said the recall application only needed a hundred people to agree, but he says they got 200 to sign it.  He said some residents are gearing up to file a formal recall petition against Cosby.  They'll need 3,500 signatures to get a recall election.

 

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