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.
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.
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.”
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.