Some supervisors speculated it was because Morency’s death left a vacuum, since she’d been Republican leader on the board. Others said it was because Sherman switched to a new election-night reporting system that delayed announcing results for hours after polls closed.
Whatever the reason, Jackson doesn’t foresee a similar problem with McGahay’s appointment.
“We were fortunate to get Derinda. Now I feel lucky again. It’s not easy to find these people. For the work they have to put in, the pay is not legitimate. We struggle to find someone for that amount of pay.”
Commissioners receive about $18,000 a year and are part-time county employees, while deputy commissioners are full time.
“I personally thought Derinda had done a very good job,” Jackson said. “We need competent people to go in there. It’s a specialized field.”
The board’s Republican leader is now Supervisor George Canon (R-Newcomb), who plans to call a Republican caucus before the Board of Supervisors Feb. 7 meeting to bring up McGahay’s appointment.
“I don’t think there’s a problem with the supervisors moving on this,” Jackson said. “I’ve talked with supervisors, and none of them have any problem with Allison.”
Sherman, who was appointed election commissioner in January 2010, said she doesn’t want to comment on the situation but will serve until the new person is named and will also help train the new commissioner.
County Democratic Election Commissioner Robert Pell-deChame of Ticonderoga was reappointed to a new two-year term in December.
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