Two former judges appointed to oversee election certificationWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
Secretary of State Jon Husted notified the Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE) May 20 of the selection of two former judges to provide bipartisan oversight for the certification of the recent primary election.
Judge Peter Handwork and Judge Charles Wittenberg will work with the BOE on the certification of the May 6 primary and the Toledo City Council District 2 special election results.
Handwork most recently served Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals and is now head of Handwork Mediation Services. Wittenberg served on the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and now serves as visiting judge.
A hearing officer from Husted’s office is in the process of writing a report concerning potential removal of three BOE members and its director.
Earlier this month, BOE chairman Ron Rothenbuhler, board members Jon Stainbrook and Anthony DeGidio and BOE Director Gina Kaczala made their cases to an appeals committee about why they should be allowed to keep their jobs after a transparency committee appointed by Husted’s office advised firing them, citing a “culture of dysfunction.” BOE Deputy Director Dan DeAngelis, who was also recommended be fired, resigned. BOE member John Irish was the only member recommended to stay.