TR Cares files lawsuit against county clerk

A Three Rivers-based group seeking to recall a trio of Three Rivers board of education members filed suit Thursday against St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald.

Attorney Kelly Ward, representing TR Cares, said Oswald failed to properly fulfill her duties in the signature-verification stage of the procedure. Oswald last week said after a full review of the signatures on petitions seeking the recall of Waneta Truckey, Carl Barth and Mike Bosma, Truckey and Barth both wound up with 1,148 valid signatures, while Bosma’s petition featured 1,153 legitimate signatures.

A minimum of 1,165 valid signatures was needed for the matter to appear before voters in November.

Oswald, who became county clerk July 1, declined to comment on the matter.

The lawsuit was filed in circuit court. Ward said the next step will be for Judge Paul Stutesman – if he does not relinquish himself from the situation because he has a daughter who attends Three Rivers Community Schools – to determine if there is enough evidence presented by Ward to accept the suit and allow it to move forward.

TR Cares is opposed to the board’s April dismissal of athletic director Pete Anderson, dean of educational services Kevin Hamilton and middle school principal Bradley Coon.

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