Jaeger says office won’t rush next election director hire

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office hopes to post the job for State Election Director by the end of this week, but they’re not in a rush to hire a person by a set date.

The previous director, John Arnold, was announced as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner on Tuesday. Jaeger says other people, including Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum, will take up some of the duties until they hire a new director.

“We want to make sure we get the right person. We don't want to rush this. This is a very important position in this office and for the people of the state of North Dakota, so we're going to work and make sure we get the right person in the position,” said Jaeger.

Jaeger thanked Arnold for his time and said he was an “essential part of the operations of the office.”

The state is in the process of training county auditors on new election equipment, meant to speed up processing ballots. Jaeger says aside from training, the next steps in implementing the new systems are awarding the contract for the electronic polling books, which record who voted in the state and holding a mock election. He thinks they’ll award a contract for the E-poll books in the next few days.