Signatures filed to recall Pierson president

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:01 am on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Karl Van Haren

PIERSON — Only six signatures were needed to initiate a recall against Pierson Village President Karl Van Haren.

However, a total of 28 signatures have been gathered in support of the recall.

Pierson Village Councilwoman Rebecca Starr filed recall language against Van Haren. The recall language was approved Jan. 3 by Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, Probate Judge Charles Simon III and Treasurer JoAnne Vukin.

The recall language states: “Shall President Karl Van Haren be recalled because he has harassed village personnel and residents and has been disrespectful to those who disagree with him? He has created a hostile work environment for village board members. He has caused strained relations between village board members, the village clerk and treasurer.”

Van Haren has until Feb. 16 to challenge the 28 signatures.

Starr declined comment for this story. Van Haren did not return a message seeking comment.

The next regular Pierson Village Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

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