A mayor-backed effort to recall Oro Valley Town Council member Mike Zinkin has failed because petitioners were not able to collect enough signatures to spark an election.

“I think the fact that the required signatures were not obtained speaks for itself,” Zinkin said via email. “I am certainly relieved, and now it is time to go forward and govern this town without distractions.”

Zinkin, 68, was targeted by Oro Valley Citizens for Ethical Government, which filed a recall petition over allegations he has engaged in “behavior unbecoming of a public official” and shown “complete lack of understanding with regards to public safety.”

The group said Zinkin has made racially insensitive remarks and inappropriate comments about female town employees and has treated the Oro Valley Police Department unfairly.

Zinkin said he believed Mayor Satish Hiremath was behind the recall effort. Hiremath said he did not originate the recall plan but was vocal about his support of the recall. He would not comment on the recall’s failure.

To trigger a recall election, the group needed to collect 2,131 signatures from valid Oro Valley electors. The group’s original deadline was Jan. 28, but it requested an extension to Wednesday.

The group did not turn in any signatures, town spokeswoman Misti Nowak said.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.