The Brighton City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at which council members narrowly voted to fire City Manager Philip Rodriguez.

The Brighton City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at which council members narrowly voted to fire City Manager Philip Rodriguez.

A committee that organized to recall Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer submitted a petition to City Clerk Natalie Hoel on Monday, the city confirmed to 9News.

The group said the petition has 1,782 Brighton residents' signatures, 646 more than the 1,136 signatures required for a special election.

A spokesperson for the city said the clerk is in the process of verifying the number of eligible signatures. The city has five days to complete this.

The petition comes after the firing of City Manager Philip Rodriguez in July, which Rodriguez's supporters claim came after the former city manager discovered what he called overcharges on water and sewer bills and led to an excess of $70 million dollars in the utility fund.

Kreutzer has insisted that had nothing to do with Rodriguez's firing and said the he doesn't "have faith or confidence" in Rodriguez to lead the city.

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