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By Wayne Allen

According to former Portsmouth Police Chief Tom Bihl the recall petitions for Mayor Jane Murray were turned in for certification on Monday, August 16.
"We think we were able to gather enough signatures. We will know if they are sufficient whenever the city clerk (Jo Ann Aeh) gets done examining them," Bihl said.
Bihl said Aeh counted 1,410 signatures on the turned in petitions.
If the petitions are found to be sufficient, Murray will have five days to resign. Portsmouth City Council will need to pass a resolution to add the recall to the November ballot.
"The basic reason I did it, was because the things she did right off the bat, in firing the department heads. She has not done anything good for the city yet," Bihl said.
According to Deputy Director of the Scioto County Board of Elections Julia Gearheart, Aeh was at the board of elections earlier in the week, attempting to verify the signatures.
"They will check them and then they go from there to see how many are accepted and if there is enough," Gearheart said. "They need 1,148 signatures, and they turned in 1,410."
In July petitions were also taken out seeking a recall of Third Ward Councilman Nick Basham.
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