Richmond Heights Mayor Miesha Headen is facing a recall election today after a rocky ten-month term marked by fights with city council and a mass exodus of city employees. (Sara Dorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group)
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio - Today could mark the end of Richmond Heights Mayor Miesha Headen's tenure.
The mayor of ten months is facing a recall election today after a rocky term marked by fights with city council and a mass exodus of city employees.
says the seven-person council has resisted her
efforts to reform the city, "stuck in the old, bad days of cronyism and waste to government.
But members say Headen
recklessly fired at least six employees without council's knowledge and has broken her
campaign promise to be transparent.
Residents, fed up with the controversy, began gathering signatures on a recall petition in July.
The petitioners cite the firings, Headen's
late health insurance bills to the city and the "hateful" campaign literature she
is distributing as reasons for the recall, according to the group's website.
3. Council President David Roche automatically becomes mayor if Headen is recalled, leaving an open spot on city council.
, a councilman of 11 years, is one of Headen's
most vocal opponents.