Signatures verified in petition to recall Snowmass town councilman

Aug 6, 2015

Snowmass Councilman Chris Jacobson is charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly driving drunk and trashing the Pitkin County jail. A citizen petition calling for a recall of Jacobson was verified by a town clerk Thursday.
Credit Carolyn Sackariason

A potential recall of a Snowmass Village town councilman is one step closer to reality. The town clerk verified a citizen’s petition Thursday.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was charged with a felony last month for allegedly trashing the Pitkin County Jail. The damage may total more than $14,000.

Former councilman Fred Kucker gathered signatures for a recall election of Jacobson. He helped deliver more than 320 signatures to town hall Monday. The clerk verified there are enough valid signatures to call a recall election. 

"We did this in almost less than a week and a half. We gathered 325 signatures in that time. I can tell you in my experience, people were more than anxious and willing to sign," says Kucker.

The petition says Jacobson’s actions the night he was arrested and jailed are “unworthy of a town council member” and have “brought disgrace to the council and community.” A protest period will be held prior to setting an election date. Meanwhile, Jacobson says he has no intention of resigning his council seat.