By: Ray King

The Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners plans to ask County Judge Gerald Robinson to hire them administrative help.

Under state law, the commissioners can’t hire election officials, that responsibility is reserved for the county judge.

At a brief meeting Monday, Commission Chairman Mike Adam said they want Robinson to hire Tameka Reed, who was described as an experienced poll worker and poll judge to provide administrative duties at an hourly rate of $12 and increasing to $14 an hour when fully trained.

Red has been helping with some office duties and Adam said in a letter to Robinson that she is familiar with election procedures, statutory requirements and other election officials.

According to the letter, administrative duties included but are not limited to checking the mail two or three times a week, monitoring office voice and email and responding accordingly, processing invoices and bills for timely payments and disposition of election materials as required by state statutes.

Also according to the letter, administrative tasks were performed by an appointed election official but once the results of the Tuesday runoff elections are certified, the appointment will expire,

Because of work on the Streetscape project, the front of the Election Office at 123 S. Main St., is covered with dirt and mud after the sidewalks were torn up. Poll workers, members of the media and candidates or their representatives will have to use the back door located on the state street side off Second Avenue.

Adam said that despite his requests, that entrance has not been made handicapped assesaable.