- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) - Opponents of the Cannon Beach fire chief’s dismissal have failed in their effort to recall three directors of the fire protection district.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/SmtDqb ) that voters opposed recalling Sharon Clyde, Garry Smith and Linda Beck-Sweeney. Two other directors were not subject to Tuesday night’s election. The margin of victory varied by director, but each survived by at least 10 percentage points.

A Cannon Beach resident organized the recall drive after Mike Balzer was fired last fall. He had been a volunteer firefighter for decades before becoming chief.

The directors said Balzer was a good firefighter, but his administrative skills were lacking.

Balzer has sued over his firing, saying it was about “personal animus.” A jury trial is scheduled for October.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com


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