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BOE members get hearing to save jobs

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The formal move to replace five members of the Lucas County Board of Elections has begun.

Last week, the transparency committee created by the Secretary of State, recommended Jon Husted (R) replace the director… deputy director and three board members at the BOE.

Today, Husted moved one-step closer to doing that by sending a letter to each of the five giving them a chance to defend themselves but clearly indicating he’s ready to fire them all.

The Secretary was blunt in his letter.

He said the “petty infighting, personality conflicts and sloppy administration have gone on long enough.”

So he is beginning the process of removing the five from their positions writing, “the citizens and voters deserve better.”

“This is about running the elections; this is about operations.”

The move comes after a special transparency committee met for four long sessions with staff,  board members and the directors at the BOE.

Ironically, back in February, the secretary of state recommended both Jon Stainbrook and Ron Rothenbuehler serve another three years on the board.

Republican Stainbrook has taken heat for his combative approach on the board but both he and Rothenbuehler understand what is needed.

Stainbrook told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, “You have to wipe out the whole thing and start all over again and if I’m a casualty of that so be it.  I want what’s best for the voters.”

Stainbrook also insists problems stemmed from him pushing issues important to Republicans.

Rothenbuehler said, “I think we have to hold some of the responsibilty for not being able to work together.”

As for the director and deputy director, they have support.   A letter will go out tomorrow from local Republican and Democratic activists saying Gina Kaczala and Dan DeAngelis need more time to solve elections problems.

John McAvoy said, “We’d hate to see that team dissolve and bring in a new team.”

Especially six months before a big election.  But the secretary of state wants an end to the dysfunction.

So Thursday morning at 9am, the five will meet with a representative of the secretary of state  and be given their due process to fight for their jobs.

But the secretary of state says neglect of duty endures and he seems ready to make a change.

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