Recall Effort Launched Against Rockwood Mayor

ROCKWOOD — The man who launched a recall move against the city’s mayor and a council member says the move was sparked by a council vote against rezoning land for a new industry, according to Bob Fowler.
“They refused to allow a company to come in here and put jobs in the marketplace in Rockwood,” Stephen Rose said.
Rose said he submitted the proposed petition earlier this month to the Roane County Election Commission for its approval.
The action, he said, is in response to the August vote by City Council that rejected rezoning for LocoDocs Inc., an Illinois firm that had eyed Rockwood for its new headquarters.
Council in a 3-2 decision approved rezoning, but four votes were needed for passage.
The recall petition targets Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long and alleges “malfeasance and general failure in duties.” The petition contends the officials failed to “provide proper oversight, guidance and leadership to the city and its departments and employees.”
Watts on Wednesday said he was puzzled by the recall effort since as mayor he only votes to break ties, and the decision to reject rezoning wasn’t deadlocked.

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