Special election aimed at ousting Town Clerk, sparks controversy in Walworth

The debate over a special election, just days away, is heating up in the town of Walworth.

Throughout the town, it’s hard to miss the sea of green “Vote No” signs scattered around. Gene Sines placed one proudly in his front lawn.

“We want this position, or any position, to have the right to say who is and what isn’t,” Sines said.

In a special election on August 16th, a town vote will decide whether the Town Clerk will be an elected or appointed position.

“On November 3, 2016, the Town Board instituted an investigation into some personnel issues regarding the Town Clerk’s office,” said Walworth Town Supervisor Patricia Marini.
Supervisor Marini says that an internal investigation supported complaints of misconduct and harassment under current Town Clerk Susie Jacobs.

“In February of 2017, we received a letter with 229 signatures asking us to allow the residents to have an opportunity to vote whether or not the position should stay as an elected official or be an appointed position,” Marini added.

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