A Notice of Intention to Recall was formally served on Dawson at the regular CSD meeting of Oct. 5. The notice states that “Dawson has refused calls from fellow directors to step down from his seat on the CSD, and because of the distraction and danger that Dawson presents, and his refusal to resign his position on the board, we find it necessary to seek his recall.” The Notice of Intention is the first step in the recall election process.
In a prepared statement read at the same meeting, Dawson relinquished his role as the board’s vice president – he had also stepped away from his role as a liaison to the school board the previous week – but reiterated that he has no plans to resign from the CSD.
“I have adjusted some of my role here to reflect the current circumstance,” said Dawson in a statement he read to the board. “However, resigning my seat would cause a potentially significant disruption to our important work. Therefore, I will not resign. The decision to remain on the CSD comes from the support of my family and the community.”
CSD President Kevin Graves said this week that in the event a recall election is held, he hoped Dawson would consider the cost – in more ways than one – to the community.
“I hope that if in fact this does go to a full recall that Brian will consider the impact this will have on the town financially as well as emotionally,” said Graves. In the weeks following Dawson’s arrest, two other directors – Mark Simon and Ray Tetreault – called for Dawson’s resignation.
In an e-mail to The Press this week, Dawson indicated he would stand his ground. “Speculating on what will be done down the road is the very type of distraction I am working hard to avoid,” he wrote. “The potential cost of a recall election to district residents and the county is, unfortunately, being brought about by proponents of the recall, not myself. I intend to fulfill the promise I made to the voters and complete my commitment to serve my great community with honor, pragmatism and innovation.”
Dawson was arrested on Aug. 27 on suspicion of spousal abuse at his home in Discovery Bay after officers responded to a call about a disturbance. Dawson’s wife sustained injuries in the incident but did not require hospitalization. He was released the next day on $20,000 bond.