LAKESIDE — Frustrated and wanting a fresh face on the group, Lakeside voters have decided to oust Ralph Dotson from the Lakeside Fire District Board of Directors.
In a special election Aug. 16, 416 citizens voted to recall Dotson from the board and 284 wanted him to keep his seat.
Dotson started on the board towards the end of July in 2015.
"I'm not surprised," he said of the results, adding that "the people who wanted me out are very vocal."
Still, Dotson defended himself, saying "I'm going to stand by my record."
He doubted he would ever run again for the board.
"I don't think that I would. No. It saddens me because I was in public service before I was even 18," the board member said.
He's not quite sure when he'll need to officially step down from the board, but said he would call the clerk's office today, Aug. 17, to clarify on this.
His advice for whomever succeeds him?
"If you tell the truth, not everybody's going to be happy about it," Dotson said. "And we try to do everything for the district that's within the law."
Volunteer firefighter Stacy Dunn was a key backer of the effort to remove Dotson from office.
"All I would like to say is that the citizens of this community, meaning the Lakeside Fire Protection District, can be proud that their voices have finally been heard," Dunn said. "They've wanted answers. They gave him the opportunity to step down. They gave him the opportunity to resign and he refused."
For Dunn however, it's time for the community to move on.
"We need to now respect him and as a member of this community as well," Dunn said.