The Metro Council is expected to vote on the new Registrar of Voters today. But ahead of the vote, there have already been a few shake ups including the withdrawal of one of the more experienced applicants and a letter from a Metro Councilwoman advocating against another high profile candidate.
The administrative job post, in charge of voter registration and elections, has drawn 24 applicants. The job, described as a life time appointment, offers a salary between $85,000 and $117,0000 a year.
On Tuesday, one of the more high profile candidates Bill Bryan withdrew from consideration. Bryan works for the state Attorney General’s Office, specializing in elections cases. Several council members said Bryan was one of their top picks.
Earlier this week, Councilman John Delgado told The Advocate that the council had lined up behind former Metro Councilman Ulysses “Bones” Addison and was planning to give him the job. Delgado took issue with what he described as a “fix” because he said Addison is getting favoritism for being on the council and lacks actual experience.
On Tuesday, Addison’s council district successor Chauna Banks-Daniel sent a scathing email saying she would not vote for Addison because she believes he was a neglectful councilman and she could attest to many issues that went unanswered in her district for years under his watch. She accuses him of financial mismanagement and of voting against the interests of his own constituents.
Here is the email Banks-Daniel sent to the Metro Council:
I believe past performance is an indication of future performance. This is just a tip of the iceberg of what I inherited from the previous Councilmember, Ulysses “Bones” Addison. In all fairness, I wanted to discuss these concerns with him when he called to solicit my support for ROV. However, Mr. Addison would not consent to scheduling a meeting as requested by my aide.
A huge backlog of constituency complaints with an average origination of two years old.
No District 2 staff or files to assist with transition.
Multiple untraceable telephone and cell phones charged to the city and the JJNCC. (edit: JJNCC =Jewel J. Newman Community Center)
10 years of terrible financial audits of the JJNCC- even when under the Mayor’s office, the CM was supplied copies and occupied the building.
Excessive spending and duplicate spending without justification from JJNCC account.
No accountability of staff under CM charge- payroll fraud, misappropriation of funds, illegal gaming, malfeasance, and neglect of duty -just to name few.
Building in disrepair, up to 5 years in failed Fire Marshall reports of JJNCC
Incomplete outdoor structure-no use, no purpose, said to have cost 10s of thousands of dollars.
Refused to vote to approve the University Place item in 12/2012, further delaying a 20 year fight to help residents in District 2
Chronic fighting with Mayor to the point that District 2 suffered tremendously.
Excessive absenteeism from Planning and Council meetings.
These are just some of tangible areas that I personally can testify to be factual. I don’t know Mr. Addison personally, but from a professional view….
ALL of these infraction happened under the Mayor’s Administration AND under Councilman Addison’s leadership and occupancy.
For this reason, I will be looking to vote for Bill Bryan, whose resume, character, and knowledge of the election process is praised by people that have nothing to gain!