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January 17, 2013

Essex County fails to reappoint election chief

Essex Board didn't act onGOP recommendation


“People have talked to me. Whether they follow up, we’ll see on the 22nd.”

It may be that no one asks for the appointment, he said, in which case Sherman will continue serving until a recommendation is made and the Board of Supervisors affirms it.

Jackson said Sherman is not bitter, and, in fact, told him she’ll assist in training the new commissioner.

“Derinda says she’ll work with whomever is appointed. She’ll help them.”


Pell-deChame said he has had no problems with Sherman.

“I enjoy working with her. We have a professional working relationship.”

Jackson said some Republican members of the Board of Supervisors told him they would have voted for Sherman, but by law, the next recommendation must be someone else.

“It cannot be Derinda. When I submitted the official notice that she was our candidate, two clocks started running: a 30-day clock and a 60-day clock.”

The board could have appointed her within 30 days, or the Republican caucus of the board could have taken action within 60 days, he said, but neither was done, and the 60 days was up as of Monday.


Jackson said he has never heard of such a situation occurring, and neither have other county chairs he has talked with.

“I can only guess at the reason. It’s just unfortunate,” he said. 

“Some supervisors don’t like the new reporting method for election results, where you can’t call results in from the towns,” he continued. “She wouldn’t do what they wanted, so they’re mad at her.”

County lawmakers had criticized the Board of Elections for waiting until voting machine memory cards were delivered from the polls on election night before posting the results on the county website. 

In previous years, vote totals were called in from polling places, but Sherman stopped the practice, saying too many errors occurred that way.

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