Senator Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, will remain as chairman of the county legislative delegation for “an indefinite time.”
After a lengthy closed-door session at 11 a.m. Thursday, delegation members voted to keep Jackson on as chairman, apparently until the controversy over the Nov. 6 bungled county elections is settled.
Jackson had been slated to rotate out of the chairman’s job this month after serving the customary two years. However, in recent days, he let it be known that he wanted to stay on and be “part of the solution” in addressing the election mess.
Rep. Joe Neal, D-Richland, whom other members said might have been the new chair, declined comment after the meeting.
Some view Jackson as a supporter of Lillian McBride, the embattled county director of the Elections & Voter Registration office. But Jackson has said he will be impartial in deciding her fate.
Also after its closed-door executive session, the delegation voted to:
• Award an open seat on the five-member Richland County Election Commission to Herbert Sims, 58, a longtime county poll worker and retired state government worker.
• Reappoint Election Commission member Adell Adams to a seat on the board.