CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's police and fire unions are launching an effort to change the city's leadership.
Following the lead of mayoral recall attempts they've seen in Wisconsin and in Miami, the public safety unions say their possible pursuit of a recall of Mayor John Sullivan comes down to a lack of leadership on his behalf.
"We've had enough and now we're just trying to determine if the public's had enough," says Mark Muerth, head of the fire union, adding that he thinks the support is out there to oust the mayor.
Muerth says firefighters are ready to join police to put the feelers out and see who else would join the campaign.
According to Florida statute, to start the recall, at least 5 percent of the voting population, or roughly 4,500 people, would have to sign a petition.
Sullivan, who is up for re-election Nov. 2013, says the attacks aren't about leadership, but rather, money.
The talks of a recall come after both police and fire unions turned down contract agreements with the city they felt were unfair.
"We asked the police and fire to give back 3 percent salary and 2 percent on the other end of the spectrum, and they don't want to give anything back," Sullivan says.
Both sides think the other is asking for too much, but the mayor says he's confident the public will agree with the city, and the petition will go nowhere.
"It's like dealing with children. They want their hand in the cookie jar, and they dont want anyone to tell them to get their hand
out of the cookie jar," Sullivan says.
The police union was unable to comment Wednesday night.