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Kandice Lemley Is New Board Of Elections Director

Kandice R. Lemley, a lifelong Fayette resident, has been appointed director of the Fulton County Board of Elections.

Mark Hagans, Board of Elections chairman, said board members interviewed five or six finalists for the position. They decided to appoint Lemley at their Wednesday, Aug. 4 meeting.

Hagans said the vote was unanimous.

Lemley starts the job Monday, Aug. 23. She must complete a six-month probationary period.

She must undergo training through the Secretary of State office, Hagans said.

Her annual salary will be $42,000.

FHS Grad

Lemley is a 1992 graduate of Fayette High School. She attended the University of Toledo, earning an associate degree from UT’s Community and Technical College in legal assisting technology.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the UT College of Education, with a major in public affairs and community service.

She has been a long-term employee of the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency, most recently holding the position of lead legal assistant.

She supervises the legal assistant division, and worked closely with the Enforcement Agency department heads to maintain open communications for ongoing agency projects.

Lemley and her husband, Jered, have a daughter, Aubrey, 10, and two sons, Tanner, 8, and Owen, 6.

Presiding Judge

When asked what sparked her interest in the Board of Elections post, she said, “I’ve been a presiding (election) judge in Franklin Township, and I’ve always liked it.”

In addition, the job is closer to home, “so I jumped at it,” she said.

Board of Elections policy requires that the director of the board be of the opposite political party of the chairman. Since Hagans is a Republican, the director must be a Democrat.

Several applicants for the commission were disqualifi ed for not having the appropriate political party affi liation.

Lemley replaces Kathy Meyer, who resigned Wednesday, June 9.

Meyer had come under a cloud after a mix-up over the Fulton County electricity aggregation vote in May, and comments she made to the press putting part of the blame on the Fulton County commissioners and Vond Hall, Fulton County administrator.

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