VALIER, Mont. — Montana residents are circulating a petition to recall a local sheriff.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/2tjOzH5 ) the petition, submitted by Pondera County resident Stacy Welker, accuses Sheriff Carl Suta of incompetence on the job. Suta responded in a strongly worded text Wednesday, saying all of the allegations “are retaliatory in nature by a small number of citizens” that can be traced back to a single source.

Suta also said that all of the accusations have “no corroboration or evidence to back up the statements.”

Elections Administrator Kody Farkell says as of Monday, petitioners have 90 days to collect 530 signatures, or 15 percent of the registered voting population, to put the recall to a countywide ballot vote.

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