State committee recommends overhaul of BOEWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
A transparency committee appointed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted recommended May 9 that three of the four Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE) members be fired along with the board’s director and deputy director.
In what amounted to suggesting a nearly complete overhaul of the BOE, the panel recommended replacing BOE director Gina Kaczala, Deputy Director Dan DeAngelis, board chairman Ron Rothenbuhler and board members Jon Stainbrook and Anthony DiGidio. Board member John Irish was recommended to be retained.
The decision came after a daylong meeting with the board during which testimony was heard regarding the handling of the May 6 primary election.
Citing a “dysfunctional board culture,” transparency committee chairman Scott Borgemenke said starting over seemed to be the only possible solution.
Kaczala has only been director since March, after the board voted to oust previous director Meghan Gallagher, but she is part of the board “culture,” Borgemenke said afterward.
Irish was recommended to keep his seat because he is the newest board member and was the only one to attempt to implement the transparency board’s previous recommendations, he said.
The transparency board also recommended all BOE employees go through retraining.
The implementation of all or any of the committee’s recommendations is up to Husted, but there was no timeline placed on his decision.
Members of the state transparency committee were Borgemenke, Jennifer Brunner and James Ruvolo. The fourth member, Jonathan Allison, was unable to be present, but Borgemenke said he was included by conference call during the panel’s private discussion about recommendations and that all recommendations were unanimous.
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