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Board of elections appoints new director

The Greene County Board of Elections appointed a new director following a 3 -1 vote Tuesday evening.

Llyn McCoy, the elections board Democrat deputy director, will replace Nancy Johannes, a Republican, as director of the agency. McCoy will be sworn in during a special meeting Monday.

“The staff and I, we always worked well together as a team,” McCoy said. “I’m looking forward to continuing that.”

Johannes, who submitted a letter to the board indicating her intent to retire, will serve as deputy director of the agency until her last day on Sept. 19.

The shift in leadership at the elections agency comes about three months after the board determined Johannes violated the county’s behavior and performance standards, and required her to take a supervisory training course. The judgment was based on a county investigation into a grievance filed against Johannes alleging she yelled at and held an employee.

Tuesday marked the board’s third meeting focused on reorganizing the agency and appointing a director. The four-member board started the reorganization process on March 4, but stalled when the votes were split between Johannes and McCoy. The reorganization was delayed a second time when the votes were evenly divided between the two candidates for director on March 6.

By law, the board must reorganize between March 2 and 6 and is required to complete the process within four steps in a specific order, according a directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The board must appoint a temporary chair before appointing a director and then a deputy director. The chairperson is appointed last.

According to the directive, three votes are needed to appoint a director. If one person does not receive three votes, the board must submit the tie vote to the secretary of state.

“I’m so glad we came to a decision and we agreed,” said Anne Gerard, a Greene County Board of Elections member. “We didn’t have to use the secretary of state to break our tie.”

Brian Lampton, a Republican, cast the deciding voted needed to appoint McCoy director.

In additon to appointing a director, the board voted to appoint Lampton chairman during the meeting.

Lampton was not available to comment.

The change in leadership at the elections board was part of compromise that result in the board’s decision to appoint a new director and deputy director every two years during its reorganization meeting, according to board members.

“I’m happy that we’re going into this new process of reversing directorship every two years,” said Doris Adams, a county elections board member. “We’re looking forward to seeing how that works out. McCoy has a tremendous amount of experience and ability.”

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