Judge dismisses recall petition against Flint mayor

Source: WNEM

A judge has dismissed corruption accusations against the mayor of Flint.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Board of Electors in Genesee County was set to review a petition to recall Mayor Karen Weaver. The petition was filed two prior by Flint resident Alex Harris.

Among other allegations, the petition said the mayor hasn’t paid her personal water bills and that she supported the hiring of a trash company under federal investigation.

"The Rizzo Republic garbage scandal and her clear violation of the city charter and city ordinance, city law. As well as her paying hush money to a disgruntled former city attorney," Harri said.

During the hearing, Judge Jennie Barkley asked Harris for evidence of the allegations over the mayor's water bills. He could not provide that evidence and Barkley dismissed the case shortly thereafter. The judge cited Harris' lack of evidence.

Weaver said she was pleased with the outcome of the hearing.

"We don't have time for this. I really don't have time and so I'm going to stay focused on what that challenges are and continue to try to get the resources for the people of the city of Flint," Weaver said.

The courtroom was filled with Weaver supporters, including city councilman Eric Mays.

"We need to not be distracted with all of these petty things such as recalls and fights in court," Mays said.

This is the third recall attempt Harris has been involved in regarding a Flint mayor. Harris said he's not ready to give up on his efforts to try to change the current administration.

"I will reconsider my options as I've said previously," Harris said.

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