Fourteen indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Commissioners donate to task force Voters return Worley to the bench Georgetown Police Department welcomes new officers Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber Meth makes a comeback The bomber crash of 1944 4-H holds ‘shootout’ with BCSO County jobless rate falls Russell K Wolfer SHAC recognizes volleyball all-stars SHAC cross country all-stars take home awards Eastern girls finish runner-up in SHAC golf standings Week 10 football roundup Kathleen J Bright Sister Marjean Clement Veterans Service Office Moves G’town FFA has great fair Bald Eagles spotted 2017 Celebration of Lights being planned Eight indicted by grand jury Carlos L Beck Georgetown XC teams qualify for regional championship meet Warriors advance to Div. II Regional Meet Lady Rockets reach end to successful volleyball season Week nine football roundup Lady Warriors regional bound Amy J Caudill Bertha Lindsey Bobby S Conley Body found in ditch, investigation underway Former Aberdeen Fiscal Officer pleads guilty Keeping kids safe on the school bus Mary E Hahn Gary R Cornette Week 8 football roundup Notable soccer season reaches end for G-Men Lady Broncos are SBAAC American Division XC champs SHAC XC title goes to Lady Warriors Arthur Smith Eugene M Jennings Jr Billy R Kilgore Sr Carol D Roberts Thelma L Gray Sheriff Ellis meets President Trump Quarter Auction to pay for fire engine restoration Upcoming Quarter Raffle, Oct. 14 to benefit PRC Man found dead in ditch Rev Alvin B Woodruff Jackson L Russell Lady Broncos bring home 11th SBAAC American Division title in 12 years Lady Rockets wrap up regular season Warriors rally for win Broncos make it two in a row Helen L Whalen Veterans saluted at the Brown County Fair Fayetteville cancels school after threat Tommy J Stamper Sue Day Broncos move closer to SBAAC American Division title Lady G-Men working hard, showing improvement Sports complex soon to open in Mt. Orab Week 6 football roundup H Ray Warnock Jennings faces multiple sex offenses Georgetown nears water system completion Bible Baptist Barbeque brings big crowd Linda Taylor Rene Sizemore-Dahlheimer Eugene Snider Eric Workman Gregory Terry Edith M Moore Eileen Womacks Michael C Jennings Janice K Brunner Cheer squads compete at ‘Little State Fair’ Truck, tractor pulls draw a crowd at Brown County Fair Week 5 football roundup Lady Broncos rise to 11-6 with win over Batavia Broncos buck Clinton-Massie, Goshen James H Boyd Warren A Stanley Jane R Ernst Darrell F Anderson

The Brown County Board of Elections remain at an impasse less than two months before a general election, as they again failed to elect a new director

GEORGETOWN — Less than two months remain before the November elections, and the Brown County Board of Elections remains without a director.

The current three-person board was at an impasse at their regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, Sept. 11, as neither Democrat Dallas Hurt nor Democrat Jo Ann Kattine would endorse each other’s candidates for the director position. While Republican Moriah Votel remains as the chairwoman of the board, the director of the Board of Elections must be a Democrat. The fourth person, and second Republican seat on the Board of Elections remains empty after Bill Herdman’s resignation last week due to health issues.

Earlier this month, the Board of Elections did approve the hiring of former clerk Connie Ayers to be the new Deputy Director.

Early in the meeting, with a number of Democratic Central Committee members present in the audience, Hurt moved to move the election of a director up to the top of the day’s agenda. After that was passed, he nominated former Board of Elections director Kathy Jones to be director again, and the move was seconded by Kattine. But when called upon to vote, both Hurt and Votel voted no, to Kattine’s yes.

Hurt then explained his actions, directing it towards the Democratic Central Committee members.

“I voted to hire Kathy Jones in 2010, when she was first hired,” Hurt said. “I worked with the other board members in December and January to get her re-hired. In the last 270 days, Jones has had this position and resigned from it twice. If she really wanted to be the director of the Board of Elections, she would still be here.”

It was later clarified that Jones retired, not resigned, the first time she left the board in November 2014.

Kattine made a passionate plea for Votel and Hurt to reconsider their votes against Jones, but after that fruitless attempt, Kattine moved to hire former Brown County Commissioner and current Emergency Response Coordinator with the Brown County Health Department, Margery Paeltz, as director. But the motion never gained a second, and the motion died.

Hurt then responded by nominating former Georgetown News Democrat editor and Georgetown Village Council member Steve Triplett to be director, but that motion also did not earn a second. The motion then died.

Kattine asked where that left the Board of Elections.

“The course is that a person is nominated, someone is seconded, and then it goes to a vote,” Votel said. “It takes three to vote (in approval) to get that person in. I would say at this point the board is at an impasse.”

With only three members at the board meeting, the only way for them to elect a new director would have been a unanimous vote. According to Ohio Revised Code statute 3501.09, if there is a tie each time after five attempts to vote for a new director, the names of the board members and those nominated will be sent to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, who will designated one of the nominees to be the new director.

While Jones remains out of a job, she will be getting a check in the mail from the county. The Board of Elections approved payouts for her, former Deputy Director Elizabeth Thorn-McKenzie, and former clerk Aimee Pfeffer. Jones will recieve $624.30, Thorn-McKenzie will receive $1,142.53, and Pfeffer will receive around $279, though that number had to be verified by Pfeffer in writing.

During the meeting, the board also approved Mt. Orab village councilman Woody Whittington’s name to go on the ballot as Woody, as it is a derivative of Whittington’s middle name Edward. Hurt cited Wikipedia, the free dictionary, as his reasoning for approving the name request on the ballot.

Late in the meeting, Democrat Central Committee members Don Thomas, Jimmy Castle, Duke Snider, and Carol Myers used their publicly allotted time to hit out at what they perceived to be poor decisions by Hurt, who is also the Democrat Central Committee chair.

Before finishing the meeting, the board agreed to meet again in regular session on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.

Dallas Hurt checks his agenda during a meeting of the Board of Elections.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BOESept11DallasHurt-DanielKarell-.jpgDallas Hurt checks his agenda during a meeting of the Board of Elections. Daniel Karell | News Democrat

The Board of Elections met in regular session on September 11, and failed to elect a new director.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BOESept11.jpgThe Board of Elections met in regular session on September 11, and failed to elect a new director. Daniel Karell | News Democrat
The Board of Elections failed to vote in a new director in their last meeting

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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