WARNER ROBINS -- Despite being told an effort he led to recall Councilman Bob Wilbanks failed, Mike Brashear said he’s more determined to get the job done.
The next time, he said Tuesday afternoon, it will get done correctly.
“We didn’t know everything that went into the process,” said Brashear, who briefly held the seat occupied by Wilbanks in 2007.
Elections Superintendent Vida Rawls, in a letter Brashear received by mail Tuesday, said the original application for recall, circulated after being picked up by Councilman John Williams, did not have a written statement specifying why the recall process was being initiated. Signatures collected for the recall petition also were not numbered, and a spot on the recall form asking for
the reason for recall was not filled out as requested, she wrote.
City Hall only gave two sheets for signature collection, Brashear said, and the reason for recall was present on an attached sheet.
“There was no doubt in my mind (that the recall would go through),” Brashear said Tuesday. “Wilbanks did not violate any law. This was strictly a vote of no confidence.”
Brashear said Friday he had taken the lead on the initiative to recall Wilbanks because he and others in the District 4 constituency had lost faith in Wilbanks’ ability to lead. Tuesday night, Wilbanks pledged his continued service to those in his district.
“I can’t say I’m really relieved because I didn’t think it was going anywhere anyway,” said Wilbanks, who was elected to represent District 4 in 2007. “I’m glad it was resolved the way I expected. I’m not challenging the constituents because we all (the mayor and council) work for the citizens of Warner Robins. As far as I know, I’ve never refused to help someone who didn’t bring me a problem.
“And I think I respond well when people contact me.”
Brashear said he’s been advised that because the petition did not go before a judge, the 60-day waiting period before filing a new recall doesn’t exist. But he won’t be starting another campaign immediately.
“I have not had a chance to run it in front of legal representation,” he said. “First, I’ll wait to see what they say. And we’ll just go from there.”
To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.