City Councilman Pat Shannon filed paperwork Monday to begin a recall petition of Councilwoman Kathy Welch.
Among the allegations Shannon listed on the petition are Welch does not live in Ward 4, the ward she was elected to represent in November 2018, and that she unlawfully participated in closed sessions related to a real estate deal while she was representing the city, used insider information to get that role and unlawfully voted on the deal even though she would receive a commission.
Welch has said she does live in Ward 4.
Bellevue officials and Welch said Welch “inadvertently” voted on the real estate deal at the Sept. 17 City Council meeting, and the council nullified the vote and re-voted on the deal on Oct. 1. Welch recused herself from that vote.
Welch told the Leader last week she had no comment as she was unfamiliar with the nature of Shannon’s allegations.
Shannon on Nov. 27 called a press conference to announce his intention of beginning the recall process.
“I am going to step up and I am going to put an end to this. After over a hundred constituent complaints from residents of Ward 4, I am going to file the recall petition,” Shannon said at the press conference. “Monday morning, I am going to file the recall petition to give the voters of Ward 4 a chance to put an end to the City Council problem.”
The Sarpy County Election Commission will notify Welch of the petition and she will have 20 days to respond. After she responds or the 20 days is up, the commission will have five business days to prepare the petitions.
Shannon will then have 20 calendar days to pick up the petitions and 30 days to gather the 886 signatures needed to get the recall vote on the May ballot.