Valley City mayor survives recall electionValley City residents have voted to retain their mayor.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — Valley City residents have voted to retain their mayor.
Incumbent Bob Werkhoven received 57 percent of the vote in Tuesday's recall election. Former Police Chief Dean Ross got 43 percent.
Werkhoven and City Commissioner Ken Evenson became targets of the recall election after months of political turmoil in the city of 6,600 people last year. Ross was suspended as police chief amid allegations he mishandled public money, an accusation he disputed and the city later dropped.
Ross said he did not oppose Werkhoven in the recall election to seek revenge but because he wanted to make changes to the city.
Evenson lost his commission seat in Tuesday's election, getting only 48 percent of the vote. Firefighter Duane Magnuson got 52 percent.
About one-third of city residents voted.