Mahoning elections board committee seeking next deputy director

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The Mahoning County Board of Elections has created a four-person committee to select the board’s next deputy director.

Longtime board director Joyce Kale-Pesta, chairperson of the county’s Democratic Party, retired earlier this year from the position and will join the board, according to a news release from board Chairperson David Betras. Tom McCabe, the board’s former deputy director and county Republican Party chairperson, has since assumed Kale-Pesta’s role.

Betras on Tuesday announced the board has formed a four-person committee to review candidates for the board’s deputy director position and make a hiring recommendation to the board. Committee members include Betras and Kale-Pesta, as well as Herb Washington, local business owner and founding CEO of HLW Fast Track, and Kathi McNabb Welsh, the Mahoning County chief deputy clerk of courts.

“Given the critical role the deputy director plays in ensuring the integrity of our electoral process, Joyce and I thought it was extremely important to involve trusted community leaders like Herb and [Kathi] in what will be a fair and transparent selection process,” Betras is quoted in the release.

Since McCabe is a Republican, the deputy director candidate is required by state law to be a Democrat. The position pays $81,000 per year.

Applications and detailed job descriptions are available at the Board of Elections office, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 101, Youngstown, and on the board’s website. Interested candidates should apply no later than Friday, Dec. 17 to Kale-Pesta at JPesta@mahoningcountyoh.gov.

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