Richland elections board doing ‘homework’ on background of director candidate

dhinshaw@thestate.comMay 13, 2013 

— Still, no director has been named for the Richland County elections office.

The board met a second time behind closed doors Monday, saying they continue to do their “homework” on the lone remaining candidate for the job, Howard Jackson, Orangeburg County elections director.

The meeting lasted 1-1/2 hours. The board met privately last week, too.

“We’ve had some homework assignments that we’ve been given, and that’s an on-going process,” board chairman Allen Dowdy said.

Meeting with Dowdy were board members Adell Adams, Elaine DuBose and Herbert Sims, along with interim director Jasper Salmond and county lawyer Elizabeth McLean.

Salmond said he has agreed to serve through June 30.

Two other finalists for the job dropped out.

Jackson was the focus of a SLED investigation shortly after being appointed elections director in 2008 in a probe over the distribution and collection of absentee ballots. The case was closed after no evidence of criminal wrongdoing was discovered.

He did not disclose the situation to the elections board, which is looking to Lillian McBride, who was demoted following November’s botched election.

The new director is expected to make a salary between $75,000 and $85,000.

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