BOCC: yea to SO move; no on elections office to courthouse

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Commissioners agreed Tuesday that the building would be ideal for the SO.

“I think it would fit the sheriff but it is too large for the Supervisor of Elections,” Commissioner Warren Yeager said. “We have to find the sheriff some space and I think that is a good place. I am for moving forward.”

But a proposed switch under which the Supervisor of Elections would move to the SO, criticized in particular by Commissioner Tan Smiley last week, was nixed by a 5-0 vote.

Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon communicated his willingness to work with the BOCC to identify a new space for his office, but expressed reluctance moving his office next to the county jail.

Smiley said last week that he believed voters could be deterred from voting if they had to go so close to the jail to vote.

Hanlon wrote that he would like to work with county staff and the sheriff to identify a possible site while remaining in downtown Port St. Joe, a more central location.

“I want to take off the table moving the Supervisor of Elections to the sheriff’s office,” Yeager said, adding that the SO office was likely “inadequate” for the Hanlon and his staff in any case.

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