“I will never drop this effort. I will never stop until he is removed. I will do everything in my power, even if it takes all six years until the election and I have to campaign against him myself. This will never stop.”
– OBFPD resident Justin Farrell
A petition drive to collect the 1,300 signatures needed for a recall election will begin today. The Osage Beach resident leading the effort says he will not give up until the targeted fire board member is out of office.
Justin Farrell says he will begin going door to door and is in the process of finding places to post the petition as part of getting Jim Schneider removed from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District Board of Directors.
It is a fight that will not end, Farrell said.
“I will never drop this effort. I will never stop until he is removed,” Farrell vowed. “I will do everything in my power, even if it takes all six years until the election and I have to campaign against him myself. This will never stop.”
Schneider was served with a recall notice during a board meeting last week. The recall and subsequent petition drive is a move to have a special election that will replace him on the board of directors.
Farrell said in addition to starting the petition, he intends to check the facts for himself by compiling the necessary documentation that will show the accusations he made against Schneider are true.
“I don’t have to prove anything. If people have questions and want me to respond, feel free to ask,” he said. “I should have that within the next day or two.”
While Schneider says the union is trying to run the district, Farrell said he began the effort because he cares about the safety of the firefighters and citizens of the district. He said he is not alone in the effort.
“There are certain individuals that are behind me, but are afraid to make themselves noticed. If a chief can lose his job over an argument, they can lose their job over trying to have (him) removed - which is their right as a taxpaying, voting citizen. If I do happen to have the union workers behind me, it’s probably for a good reason.”
Farrell added the recall effort is not something he wanted to do.
“I am sorry this ever came up. He should have resigned when I told him to,” he said. “I don’t want a public spectacle. I wish to God I was not in this; I put myself in front of the firing squad, I am fighting for a cause. I am not asking for anything other than the safety (and) protection of my fire district.”