A petition to remove Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr. from office was filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Monday.
The petition was filed along with 112 signatures from town residents. Christie Monahan is listed as the plaintiff on a document posted online at the court.
The petition follows several months of unrest in town after Orndorff drove a John Deere Gator into the Strasburg Town Library on the night of May 17. Orndorff has been charged by Virginia State Police with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a recreational vehicle on a public highway.
Orndorff, who underwent weeks of surgeries following the crash, appeared in Shenandoah General District Court on Sept. 10 and has another court date on Nov. 19.
On Aug. 26, the Strasburg Town Council issued a formal censure of the mayor, writing, in part:
“Now therefore be it resolved that we the members of the Strasburg Town Council declare that this incident is unacceptable and disappointing, and all of our residents deserve an explanation, and apology, and a plan to ensure this never happens again.”
Censure is not enough to remove an elected official from office, and the Town Council does not have the authority to remove Orndorff. State code states he can be removed from office if a number of registered voters who live within Orndorff's jurisdiction equal to 10% of the total number of votes cast at the last mayoral election petition the Circuit Court as part of an election recall process.
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