OTTAWA —After scheduling regular Board of Election meetings for the second Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m., BOE members closed the door for executive session during a special meeting on Tuesday. Following 20 minutes of deliberation , the Board of Elections hired Rebecca Hermiller, a Republican, to fill the BOE deputy director position. The nomination in favor of Hermiller was made by Republican board member Tom Jerwers and seconded by board chairman Virginia Price, also a Republican. Democrat board member Tony Wobler also approved the nomination. Board member Carla Tooman, a Democrat, voted no.

Hermiller steps into a position which was held most recently by Shelly Burkhart. Burkhart was present at the meeting table when the nomination for Hermiller was made and subsequent vote was taken.

“Burkhart’s contract was up,” said Price. “It was three-to-one to hire Rebecca. By putting Becky in, all of those letters don’t have to be ruled on because we came up with someone else to fill the position.”

Price was referring to letters which BOE members from both political parties submitted to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted last week. During a special BOE meeting held March 11, voting over Burkhart’s retention resulted in a two-two split. The letters were to state the reasons behind opposing positions on the matter of renewing Burkhart’s contract.