Recall Petition Process Has Begun Against Broken Bow Mayor Jonathon Berghorst

BROKEN BOW— A recall effort against Broken Bow Mayor Jonathon Berghorst has begun according to petition filer John Walters. Walters, filed the petition papers on August 30 asking for a recall of Mayor Berghorst for the following reasons:

  1. Two charges filed against him by the Nebraska Attorney General.
  2. Creating a hostile work environment.
  3. Attempting to make monetary decisions and promise job contracts to friends without Council input and approval.
  4. Shows no respect for department heads, and volunteer boards appointed to represent the city.

According to Custer County Attorney Steve Bowers, the petition request will be served to the Mayor where he will have an opportunity to file a 60 word defense statement. Following the defense statement, the Custer County Clerk will place the seal on the petition certifying the document.

Recall Time Frame:

File Affidavit
Up to:
10 Days after affidavit turned in to notify the Mayor
20 Days for Mayor to make Defense Statement
20 Days to pick up Petition Papers
30 Days to collect needed signatures
15 Days to verify Signatures
10 Days to notify Mayor if recall petition is sufficient
50-80 Days to order election

Max 185 days/6 Months

According to state statute, the circulator of the petition must collect 35% of the total vote cast for that office in the last general election.

This is a continuing story. Updates will be posted when available.