Mandy Frank

Mandy Frank, Williams County Board of Elections deputy director, formally announced her resignation at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

Frank, a Republican, said her resignation is effective March 22, and with vacation time, her last day will be March 8.

Frank, who is single, said she is moving to Wapakoneta and will take a job as deputy director of the Auglaize County Board of Elections. She said she wanted to be closer to her daughter, who lives in Delaware, Ohio.

“I didn’t expect it to happen so soon, but the opportunity came and I accepted it,” said Frank, who joined the board in May 2016, taking the place of Deb Prots, who resigned to take a job in the private sector.

“I enjoyed it. I learned a lot and I’m still learning,” said Frank, a Stryker native who previously worked in the City of Bryan Income Tax Department.

Board members were supportive, thanked Frank for her dedication and said they will be advertising the position in The Bryan Times.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

• Certified a 0.3-mill, 10-year income tax renewal levy for the Village of Montpelier sewer system for the May 7 primary ballot. A 3.3-mill, five-year substitute levy for general operations for Millcreek-West Unity Schools is also on the May 7 primary election ballot.

• Certified the petition of Bryan Municipal Court Judge Kent R. North, a Republican seeking reelection. As no other Republican is on the primary ballot, North’s name will first appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

• Heard from Frank and Elections Director Katrena Ebersole that new election equipment is due to arrive on Monday. The board, in accordance with directives issued by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office (which oversees Ohio’s elections), recently completed purchase of new equipment, including 32 digital ballot scanners, 25 Americans with Disabilities-compliant voting machines with printers, plus associated hardware and software.

Total cost for the five-year agreement was $408,823, with the state picking up $394,032, and the county’s share at $14,791.

Ebersol and Frank said they have scheduled training sessions for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

• Heard from Ebersole and Frank that they have two candidates — one Republican and one Democrat — to work as part-time, as-needed office staff. They would work up to 14 hours each per week on an as-needed basis. The board directed Ebersole and Frank to confirm with the state or the county prosecutor that the hirings were allowed before moving forward.

The board will hold its mandatory reorganization meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. The regular monthly meeting is set for 4 p.m. Monday, March 19. The meetings are in the board office at 1425 E. High St., Suite 104, Bryan. The meetings are open to the public.

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