McNeil out as election manager

County hires Rhonda Braun as replacement

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County elections manager Sherry McNeil has counted her last ballot for Elbert County.

McNeil, who was hired in September 2013 and came on the job the same week Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder took office, was dismissed by Schroeder in late January.

Prior to coming to work for Elbert County, McNeil worked at the state Capitol in the Secretary of State's elections division. She was interviewed and hired by a committee of three county employees while the Clerk and Recorder position was vacant.

Schroeder wasted no time in replacing McNeil, confirming on Feb. 5 that Kiowa resident Rhonda Braun has been hired as the county's new elections manager.

“Rhonda's first day on the job will be Feb. 18,” Schroeder said.

The new county elections manager will have her work cut out for her: party precinct caucuses are scheduled for March 4 and primary election day is June 24.

Schroeder assumed office just a few months before the November 2013 election, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve out the term of Diana Hartsough, who resigned in July 2013, citing “health issues.”

BOCC chair Kurt Schlegel said Schroeder is scheduled to brief the BOCC this week on the changes in the elections office.

“It's my understanding that Dallas cut Sherry a check and let her go Thursday afternoon (Jan. 30),” Schlegel said.

Schroeder said he was not able to share details regarding McNeil's departure. “Because it's a personnel issue, I really can't comment,” he said.

Attempts to reach McNeil for comment were unsuccessful.

Schroeder, who met with Braun on Feb. 5 to confirm the details of her employment, spoke highly of her experience.

“Rhonda has served as an election judge in the county for several years and has a good working knowledge of the state election system,” he said.

Braun received “good endorsements” from both county Republican chairman Scott Wills and Democratic vice-chair Tony Corrado, Schroeder added. Braun and Corrado served as the county's canvas board for the November 2013 election.

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