Petition Approved for Recall of Montana Sheriff

GREAT FALLS -- A petition to recall Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta has been approved by the Pondera County Clerk & Recorder.

The petition is now ready to be circulated. Petitioners will hold a meeting soon to have the circulators notarized and informed.

Petitioners cite incompetence as their reason for recall. Among the allegations are that Suta:

"left the county unprotected by having only one officer on duty for the entire county countless times"
"openly created dating profiles while married and cited sex as a hobby"
"has spoken openly about cases with multiple people in his presence"
"has created a hostile work environment"
is "not someone who takes responsibility for his actions"
"has abused his power by protecting his kids when they've committed offenses"

The petition needs 530 signatures, or 15% of eligible voters from the last election in the county.

Petitioners have 90 days to collect the signatures.

The sheriff declined to comment.

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