Lithonia Mayor Joyce McKibben was recalled and it wasn’t even close:
McKibben lost Tuesday night’s recall election 171-49, according to a tally at the precinct. The results are unofficial until election officials certify results in the next two days.
McKibben was undeterred Tuesday night, questioning the accuracy of the total and vowing to qualify to run in a Nov. 18 special election to pick a new mayor. Mayor pro tem Tonya Peterson will act as mayor until then.
“Please, there is no way that [count] is right,” said McKibben, who worked throughout the day to get supporters to the polls. “It’s all good, though. We are going to let justice prevail. I will be involved.”
McKibben’s ouster comes after months of conflict between the mayor and the city council. She had held the mayor’s office nine months in the city of 2,300, winning last November in a four-way race with just 76 votes.
McKibben said opponents targeted her because she had uncovered financial irregularities in the city. Outside audits released in March did show abuse of city credit cards and lack of financial controls dating back to 2005.
But critics said she was unfit, especially after McKibben fired the police chief on April 7, only to see the council reinstate him unanimously hours later.
Good for them.