Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
By Janie Southard
From ousted to election official
Ex-Auglaize County elections director gets new position with secretary of state
  A former Auglaize County elections official removed from office by the state in 2005 has been named a field representative by the new Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner.
Jean Burklo, former top elections official in Auglaize County, was removed from office in 2005 for election improprieties following an investigation by Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican. She is still among those named in an ongoing $500,000 civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Toledo filed by former Auglaize Election Board Director Linda Huber.
Huber makes 11 claims in her lawsuit including fraudulent procurement of federal funds, wrongful discharge and sunshine law violations.
Reached this morning by cell phone, Burklo said she did not have time to comment on her new appointment.
Burklo, a Democrat, served as the Auglaize County coordinator for the Brunner campaign last year.
Auglaize and Mercer counties are both included in the nine-county area Burklo will cover in her new position. The other counties include: Allen, Hardin, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert.
Field reps serve as liaisons between county election boards and the state offering training and assistance in matters affecting elections.
For example, Blackwell provided a field representative to observe the activities of the Auglaize Elections Board after it was put on administrative oversight in October 2004. Burklo was removed from office six months later by Blackwell for improprieties in carrying out her duties.
Blackwell wrote the board would remain on oversight "until such time as I have completed the investigation and am satisfied the board has regained the trust and confidence expected of public officials ... and can perform the functions and duties required by law."
The board was removed from oversight in December.
For more than two years Blackwell's field rep personally observed the board's activities as part of the administrative oversight.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Zehringer advances in quest for House
• Parkway board bows to Willshire's need
• No butts about it: No smoking allowed
• Mayor acknowledges hard work done by city crews
• BOE gears up for new year
• County sanitarian expresses concern with new sewage regulations
• 2008 budget given approval by board members
• Board OKs $2.3 million in 2007 appropriations
• Tigers dominate at the Hangar
• Cavs pick up a pair of mat wins
• IOS expands showroom into design center
a_d
Independence Day
80°
Mostly Sunny
1%
Saturday Night
60°
Mostly Clear
3%
Sunday
83°
Mostly Sunny
11%
Sunday Night
64°
Mostly Clear
11%
Monday
84°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
19%
Monday Night
68°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
19%
Tuesday
78°
Thunderstorms Likely
59%
Tuesday Night
63°
Chance Thunderstorms
53%
Wednesday
77°
Chance Thunderstorms
25%
Wednesday Night
63°
Chance Thunderstorms
25%
Thursday
77°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
38%
Thursday Night
65°
Chance Thunderstorms
40%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
camera_logo Photo Albums
video_logoOnline Video
Thursday, June 18
index pict
Persistent rain caused flooding