Statement by George Hintz on behalf of The Committee to Recall City Hall

August 18, 2021

Statement by George Hintz on behalf of The Committee to Recall City Hall

August 18, 2021

Committee to Recall City Hall to Devote All Resources Toward 2022 City Council Elections

The outpouring of grassroots support from thousands of Red Wing voters to recall six of seven City Council members has exceeded our greatest expectations. By an overwhelming margin, Red Wing citizens are ready to replace the current Council with members who will abide by Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, and restore openness, dignity, respect, and fiscal responsibility to City government.

Accordingly, the Committee has decided to build on the momentum we have created together, and direct all of our energy and resources toward the 2022 City Council elections. We will drop our lawsuits against Council members, and focus instead on recruiting good, qualified candidates and winning in 2022.

Make no mistake – we were confident of ultimate victory in a protracted court battle with Council members over their illegal attempt to stop a recall election. However, we cannot, in good conscience, allow taxpayers to assume expensive legal bills on behalf of the Council, that should rightly be borne by individual Council members.

Between now and November 2022, we will be attending Council meetings, speaking out, and holding Council members’ feet to the fire. We encourage every Red Wing voter to do the same. Together, we will restore good government to this great city.

RW City Council Meeting

July 12, 2021

RW City Council Meeting

July 12, 2021

RW City Council Meeting

July 12, 2021

RW City Council Meeting

July 12, 2021

Greg Joseph, an attorney representing the recall committee, addressed the council, saying denial of the citizens' right for a recall would likely to set up a court battle that could cost the city more than an election.

"I'm here to stop you from making a terrible mistake, a costly mistake," he said. "The cost of an election is real, but it would pale in comparison to the cost of litigating this in court."

In contradiction to what City Attorney Amy Mace has said, Joseph said the city charter is clear that once enough verified signatures have been presented to the city, a recall election must be set. Whether the council members agree with the accusation of malfeasance or nonfeasance is irrelevant. Joseph said recalled officials can challenge the malfeasance standard only after the recall election has been held.

"This is not your decision to determine if malfeasance has been committed or not," he said. "This has been litigated before in this state."

Why a Recall?

  • Secret Meetings: The current City Council has held meetings out of sight from taxpaying citizens and the press, which breaks the open meeting law.

  • Personal Agendas: The current City Council has wasted taxpayer dollars on expensive and unnecessary "advisory panels", to further their own personal political goals.

  • Outrageous Spending: Projects such as the multi-million dollar, taxpayer-funded pedestrian bridge ("to nowhere") connecting Bay Point Park and the West End District is not only irresponsible spending, but also completely unnecessary spending.

  • Lack of Respect: A recent survey (that city leaders tried to keep secret) reveals that 27 out of 28 Red Wing Police Officers do not feel they have the support of our City Council.

  • Disregarding Public Safety: The politically motivated firing of the Former Police Chief has left our RWPD with low morale and a lack of trust in our City Council. Without a proper leader, the Police Department is not able to be as effective in keeping our city, our businesses, and our residents safe.


'Recall City Hall' was established to restore common sense, transparency, & decency to Red Wing City Government!

Meeting behind closed doors, six out of seven members of the Red Wing City council listened to the voices of a small group of protesters and fired now-former Police Chief Roger Pohlman, who had poured his heart and would into serving red wing as chief for the past eight years.

  • Pohlman was not accorded time to prepare to speak, nor were taxpaying Red Wing citizens allowed in the meeting.

  • In response, citizens presented the City Council with a petition of more than 250 names, urging the reinstate pohlman as Police Chief. This petition was ignored.

  • Shortly after Pohlman was fired, a large group of Red Wing citizens - Democrats, Republicans, and independents met and made the decision to hold these six Council Members accountable. How? By removing them from office through a Special Recall Election.

Let us be clear. There are elected and appointed officials here in Red Wing who need to be fired for the good of our community.

Ron and Cathy Goggin, with the Recall City Hall Committee, speak with a person in their doorway while canvassing a neighborhood asking residents to sign petitions to recall city council members Monday, April 19, 2021, in Red Wing. (Joe Ahlquist /

Sign the Recall Petition Today!

Click on the arrow to read more.

RED WING — Marching up Finrud Avenue and back, Cathy and Ron Goggin had a lot of conversations, fielded a bunch of questions, and collected enough signatures to call it a good day.

"Cathy and I got 18 for Dean (Hove), 19 for Laurel (Stinson) and six for Kim (Beise)," said Ron Goggin, after adding up the night's haul of signatures from Finrud Avenue and Hickory Street as well as a few other spots in their Ward 1 neighborhood. "I talked to two other volunteers that had just done Fern Avenue. They had 16 for Dean and Laurel. I don't know how many they had for Kim."

By Cathy Goggin's count, that was somewhere north of 100 signatures collected to recall Council Member Dean Hove, with just a few of the 19 volunteers in her ward reporting after three days of canvassing. That's of the 1,042 needed to recall Hove across two wards total, according to figures from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office. The signature requirement is calculated at 20 percent of the number of registered voters in those wards at the time of the most recent election, Nov. 3, 2020.

© 2021 All Rights Reserved

Prepared and paid for by the Committee to Recall City Hall

P.O. Box 527 Red Wing, MN 55066