SEATTLE (AP) — Nobody wants to be King County elections superintendent, a role that’s sure to be highly scrutinized in the wake of the 2004 general election debacle.
The post became vacant when Bill Huennekens was demoted, effective July 11, in fallout over lost ballots, illegal votes and other problems that surrounded the contested governor’s race.
The county has been advertising the position since June 22.
Hoping to repair the department’s tarnished image, [King County Executive Ron] Sims proposed legislation to carry out recommendations last week by his elections task force. The panel has urged major changes to fix what it called the department’s “seriously flawed organizational culture.”
Other task force suggestions that Sims asked the County Council to approve include having a group of experts in organizational turnarounds manage and overhaul the department. The team would report directly to the county executive.