LIMA — Allen County Board of Elections Director Ken Terry will resign his position effective March 30 after the board accepted his resignation Thursday.
Terry, who is taking a new job in the private sector, has served as director since 2012, previously serving as assistant director under former directors Keith Cunningham and Mark Vernik.
“I will always have a love for elections administration, but I feel it is in the best interest of my family and myself that I move on,” he said.
During the meeting, Terry expressed his appreciation for being able to serve in the department for eight years, and he believes he is leaving the department in good shape going forward.
“I feel that our staff is top notch,” he said. “I want to make sure that, being this close to an election, that we can successfully administer that election, so because of that, I put my resignation in for March 30 so we could get through the primary election and have time to train the person who would take my place.”
Board chairman Keith Cheney expressed sadness in regards to Terry’s departure while praising his job performance as director.
“Efficiency is probably the best word to describe his work,” he said. “We reduced the number of polling locations from 121 to 88, which was a massive cost savings for the county, along with the 2015 general election, where we deployed e-pollbooks, which were very voter friendly and literally took the time to receive a ballot from minutes to seconds.”
The board will immediately begin to advertise for Terry’s replacement. Under the Ohio Revised Code, Terry, a Democrat, must be replaced by a Democrat to maintain a balance of party representation, with Cheney, a Republican, serving as board chairman.
“The Board of Elections must have the equivalent number of Republican and Democrat employees, and the director and deputy director must be of the opposite party,” Cheney said.
Applications will be accepted at the Allen County Board of Elections, with any application needing to be postmarked by Feb. 3, at the latest. The Allen County Democratic Party will then review the applicants in order to make a recommendation, with the board interviewing that candidate or candidates and making the final decision on Terry’s successor.
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