By MORGAN MANNS and BRIAN BOHNERT
for the courier
TIFFIN — It didn’t take long for the Seneca County Board of Elections to replace three employees who have resigned this month.
During a Monday evening meeting, the board hired Jane Sheeley, Carolyn Cray and Rosemarie Reimer to fill the vacant positions in time for the May 6 primary.
According to Board Chairman Charles Knight, all three women are retired board of elections employees with nearly 30 years of combined experience as clerks.
“It was absolutely critical to have people with experience,” Knight said. “The people we hired are retired employees that came back because they realized the crisis that we were in. They worked for me before, so they stepped in and said ‘we will do this.’”
Once the election is over, however, Knight said the three will go back to retired life, leaving the board to find other people to “step up.”
Lorrie Wolfelt, Democratic clerk, and Jennifer Lee, Republican clerk, turned in their letters of resignation Friday, both effective May 2. Republican board member Janet Leahy resigned April 4.
In her resignation letter, Wolfelt stated “my core values are not aligned with the dysfunctional organization culture” and that it was “time for me to move on to maintain my health, sanity and overall happiness.”
“I feel that this workplace is a hostile environment and have been reprimanded for fabricated, unsubstantiated claims regarding my performance and behavior,” she said in the letter. “I refuse to settle for any form of disrespect or maltreatment, particularly from individuals whose only credibility resides in their job title as opposed to demonstrated excellence and leadership.”
Lee did not state her reasons for leaving in her resignation letter.
Leahy said her ability to perform her duties as a board member have been “hindered,” and her suggestions for a financially conservative election process “discounted.” Additionally, she cited “great concern” with the direction the other board members are pursuing.
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