The effort to recall Mayor Greg Bryan and Vice Mayor Al Montoya has failed.
The Coconino County Recorder’s office posted the results on March 14, the day after the election. Bryan and Montoya both received 71 votes, while challengers Robbie Evans and Clarinda Vail received 59 and 57 votes, respectively.
The Tusayan Town Council approved the canvass of the results at its regular meeting on March 21.
Both Bryan and Montoya were originally elected in August 2010 to serve two-year terms. But Tusayan Fire Department Chief Robbie Evans and Red Feather Properties owner Clarinda Vail filed for the recall in early 2012, less than six months before the seats were up for election, causing some observers to wonder if the recall election was a waste of town funds.
Bryan and Montoya were part of the town council that approved the Stilo development for new commercial and housing land uses on the Kotzin Ranch, Ten-X Ranch, and Camper Village properties. Council member Bill Fitzgerald was the lone council vote against the plan, and Evans and Vail opposed and campaigned against the development. A referendum election on the development could occur in May, depending on whether the courts decide the referendum petitions are deemed sufficient.