Sun, Feb 14, 2016


Election Administrator's Fate Discussed Monday Night

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RuCo Election Administrator Nicole Lester with WGNS\' Bryan Barrett during election night coverage this Spring.

A Rutherford County Election Commission meeting is scheduled tonight (Monday) to discuss the election administrator’s job performance and decide whether to keep her. The meeting is set for 5 p.m. at the Election Office on the Public Square.

Election Commission Chairman Ransom Jones says commissioners will evaluate Administrator of Elections Nicole Lester and vote whether to fire her, allow resignation or settle on a reconciliation plan that would enable her to hold the position. Lester is set to make $92,640 under the county’s fiscal 2015 budget, which is based on Rutherford County’s population.

During a June 9 meeting, Chairman Jones brought up concerns about what he termed Lester’s “unsatisfactory job performance.”

A meeting was originally scheduled for June 26th but was postponed when Lester called the state’s Office of Open Records counsel to ask what elections commissioners are allowed to discuss in accordance with the Tennessee Open Meetings Act. The matter was brought up under “other business” during the June 9 meeting, and the counselor determined that the matter should have been listed on the agenda, even though no vote was taken.

Read more from Murfreesboro Post writer Sam Stockard by following this link.


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