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January 9, 2013

McBride likely to stay on in elections office, with pay cut

Former Richland County elections director Lillian McBride is on track to be offered a $74,600-a-year job as deputy director in a newly reorganized elections and voter registration office.

Former Richland County elections director Lillian McBride is on track to be offered a $74,600-a-year job as deputy director in a newly reorganized elections and voter registration office.

In that new position, McBride – who last week agreed to step out of her $89,124-a-year director’s job – would stay in the office, overseeing county voter registration efforts and absentee balloting. That’s the job she held 18 months ago before becoming the state’s highest-paid county elections director and presiding over the most bungled county election in modern state history on Nov. 6.

Wednesday night, the four-member county elections commission, which oversees the elections office, passed resolutions urging incoming interim elections director Jasper Salmond to offer McBride the job at that salary.

In a brief interview afterward, Salmond – who assumes his duties Monday – said he viewed the commission’s recommendations as directives, indicating he would carry out the resolutions.

McBride, who is to step down at the end of this week, declined comment.

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