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Petition to remove Butte County Commissioners fails

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — A petition circulated by a group called ‘Concerned Citizens of Butte County’ (CCBC) has failed in its goal to remove a majority of Butte County Commissioners from office.

According to a record of the complaint submitted to Butte County State’s Attorney LeEllen McCartney, the group accused commissioners Stan Harms, James Ager, Frank Walton and Karrol Hermann of gross negligence and gross partiality with respect to their handling of matters relating to medical marijuana in the county.

The unsigned complaint was accompanied by four pages of 120 signatures on petitions circulated by Dale Simanton, of Newell, Travis Ismay, also of Newell, and Katie Hoffmann, of Belle Fourche.

Of these 120 signatures, the State’s Attorney’s Office was able to verify 110 were valid resident taxpayer signatures.

The complaints were rejected by State’s Attorney McCartney, who found no cause to remove the commissioners.

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