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Anderson appointed acting administrator of elections

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The commission said it is mandated that the county have an administrator of Elections, but it is not mandated that a new one be chosen after March 2011. At that time, the Election Commission will have final say about whether to keep Anderson or appoint someone new.

Harris said that the State Election Commission can appoint new County Election Commission members in the first week of April next year, so the current group could possibly see some changes.

Whether the County Election Commission is the same or consists of new members, after the first week of April the members will then appoint a new full-time Administrator of Elections.

“It will be up to the Election Commission, whoever they are, to do the appointing,” Harris said on Tuesday.

The commission members indicated Anderson has expressed that she doesn’t want the administrator post permanently and that she would only hold the position during this temporary period.

Harris and Sutherland will stay on, working one day a week to help train Anderson to fulfill her temporary position.

Anderson will receive pay for a certified administrator equal to Harris’ pay until the end of March. According to Harris, the base pay for the position fluctuates between $12,000 and $15,000 from the state. An administrator has to be certified within six months to have his or her pay increased.

“It kind of depends on what the state has,” Harris said, referring to the amount of the base pay. “A new administrator has to be certified within six months to get that state money.”

Harris and Sutherland will retire on Dec. 24 and Anderson will take over Harris’ job at that point. She will continue until March 31, 2011, when the Election Commission will choose a new full-time administrator of Elections for the first time since 1976.

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