No recall after all in District 1


Less than a week after announcing her intent to recall District 1 City Commission Randy Crowder, Jan Elliott said she has decided not to move forward with the effort.

Elliott announced her plans for a recall effort during a Jan. 3 City Commission meeting after what she described as an unpleasant phone conversation with Crowder as she inquired about an ad hoc committee created to look into the city’s economic development policies in the wake of the soured deal with Beauty Health and Science Innovations.

Elliott said she and Crowder had an in-person talk Tuesday, and Elliott said she would drop the recall effort and Crowder invited her to the meeting set for 10 a.m. Friday at Clovis City Hall.

Elliott unsuccessfully challenged Crowder for his District 1 seat in the 2012 municipal election.

The ad hoc committee meeting is open to the public.

City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said Thursday she has not received Jose Griego’s recall petition against current District 3 Commissioner Bobby Sandoval.

Melancon said she certified the recall petition Dec. 16. Griego would need at least 88 signatures of registered voters in District 3 — 20 percent of the 440 voters in the last municipal election — to force a recall election.

Griego, who is running against Fidel Madrid and Gloria Wicker for the district’s other commission seat, declined comment on the matter.