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Petition calls for resignation of Hartley, Iowa mayor

HARTLEY, Iowa (KTIV)- A new development in the controversial firing of the police chief in Hartley, Iowa.
Community members have started a petition, calling for the mayor's resignation.

The petition comes after Tuesday's unanimous vote by Hartley's city council to affirm mayor Clayton Pyle's decision to remove police chief Mark Younie from office.

Hartley city attorney Dennis Cmelik says for a petition to force Pyle out of office, it would have to be legally filed with O'Brien County and taken to court. 

He says an online petition isn't likely to have any effect in the city, unless it's presented to the city council, and four of the five
council members decided to oust Pyle.

Petitioner Jason Kelley says he just couldn't stand by without doing anything.

"I think in the long run, this may help. Something has to happen, and that's why I started what I did. It may just be a moral victory. The only thing it could do is compel them, 'hey, all these people want you out of office, so I think you should resign.' That's the best we can ask," Jason Kelley, Petitioner.

The most recent count showed 36 signatures on the petition.

Kelley wants another 645 people to sign.
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