By LAURA ERNDE
SMITHSBURG - Town residents will get to vote in May on whether to allow for the recall of elected officials before their terms end.
Last month, residents upset over the Aug. 12 firing of Police Chief Tommy Bowers presented town officials with a petition demanding a recall election within 30 days.
But before a recall can take place, the town charter must be amended to allow for the procedure.
The petition, signed by 330 people, requires the mayor and council to put the charter amendment to referendum, said Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski.