Recall Targets Saginaw County Sheriff Federspiel 6-07-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Recall Targets Saginaw County Sheriff Federspiel 6-07-2010

The Saginaw County sheriff turned a drug dealer’s car into a souped-up patrol vehicle, but now the sheriff’s car is at the center of a recall effort.
The man behind the recall effort claims the sheriff is driving the Ford Mustang GT for personal use.
Monday began like every other day for Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel. The sheriff got behind the wheel of a 2007 300 horsepower Ford Mustang that was confiscated from an area drug dealer.
But one Saginaw County resident disagrees with the sheriff’s use of the vehicle.
Dave Smith has filed a recall petition against the sheriff, saying Federspiel uses the car for personal use, a charge the sheriff disagrees with.
“I’m always in uniform, I’m always ready to go,” said Federspiel. “It’s a marked police car, so I have to be ready to go.”
WNEM TV5 attempted to contact Smith at his home, but his wife said he was at work and unable to comment on the petition.
Smith’s wife did say she believed her husband was serious about gathering the 21,000 signatures needed to put the petition on the ballot.
Federspiel said he is taking the recall effort seriously, but at the same time said he thinks the savings to county taxpayers by the sheriff’s department using the Mustang far outweigh anything else.
“[The car] is an educational tool for everyone not to use drugs by 'taken from a local drug dealer' being printed on both doors,” said Federspiel.
The sheriff also said the vehicle comes at no cost to the county because all fuel and maintenance costs are covered by drug forfeiture funds.
If an election commission approves the wording on the recall, the creator will have 90 days to collect at least 21,000 signatures.
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