Special Election Proposed After Mayor’s Arrest

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OELWEIN, Iowa — After scandal forced the mayor of Oelwein to step down, the town is unhappy with the council’s choice for acting mayor.

Last week, Jason Manus stepped down as mayor after he was charged with five counts of sexual abuse against two girls.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged incidents occurred in July of 2010.

The council appointed former council member Peggy Sherrets as acting mayor last week but some residents want a special election for the position.

They say the town should get to decide its own path.

“This town needs to heal, and part of that healing will only come from the town choosing its own leaders. And city council ignored that,” John Walker told KWWL.

Residents can force a special election by turning in a petition with more than 150 names on it by Friday.