|Tipp Resident New Deputy Director Miami County Elections|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00|
Tipp City resident Eric Morgan was hired March 14 as the new deputy director of the Miami County Board of Elections.
The hiring followed the board’s vote to accept an employment separation agreement with former deputy director Pam Calendine of Troy. The departure of Calendine follows the October resignation of long-time elections Director Steve Quillen of Troy.
Quillen said he was leaving due to the stress of the upcoming presidential election.
Board member Jose Lopez said March 14 that Calendine’s departure was connected with “issues that occurred during the election.”
Asked if the action was associated with Quillen’s departure, problems with the vendor who failed to mail absentee ballots and complaints by Troy residents who tried to organize a referendum, Lopez said it was.
“The board felt there needed to be a measure of accountability for issues that occurred during the election,” he said.
Board member Kelly Gillis of Tipp City noted the vote was unanimous. “We all agreed,” he said.
Morgan is a 1999 graduate of Bethel High School and has a degree in political science from Wright State University. He currently works at Compunet Clinical Laboratories, Dayton.
The board voted 4-0 to hire Morgan, effective March 25. He will be paid $38,000 a year to start. The job has a six-month probation period.
Morgan said he has always had an interest in government. He said it was an “honor” to be hired for the job.
Morgan will fill the position previously held by Calendine, who had worked at the elections office since 2004.
Before the vote, the board briefly discussed the separation agreement with Mark Altier, an assistant county prosecutor. The office gives the board legal advice.
Board Chairman Roger Luring declined comment on the vote saying only, the board thanked Calendine for her service.
The board in January hired Drew Higgins of Troy as the new elections director. Higgins is a Republican. Morgan is a Democrat.