Former elections director Lillian McBride will hold the post newly created for her at a salary of $74,600, $14,524 less than what she made as the states highest-paid county elections director.
Richland County Elections Director Lillian McBride
Still to be determined is a salary and job description for the as-yet-hired elections director, who would supervise McBride
stepped down from her
directors job this month, after Richland Countys Nov. 6 election fiasco that resulted in waits of up to seven hours for some voters and prompted others to leave in frustration before casting ballots.
Now, McBride returns to a position similar to the job she
held 18 months ago, until the countys legislative delegation combined voter registration and elections into one office and put her
in charge of it.
made a salary of $66,429; now, shell make a salary of $74,600, an increase of $8,171.
But at least three other large county election offices in South Carolina do not have middle-management positions specifically dedicated to supervising voter registration employees, like the one created for McBride
Because they do not have similar positions to the one created for McBride
, directors in the three counties said they couldnt judge whether her
salary of $74,600 a year was fair compensation.
Still, Charlestons Debney noted, I have a deputy director, and he
doesnt make that pay.
created the position when the countys separate voter registration and elections offices were merged, but some members of her
board balked at the idea.
Resident David Oberly attended Tuesday nights County Council meeting to urge members not to fund the position for McBride
The four-member board of elections directed Salmond to offer McBride
the job at that salary.
They have compassion upon Ms. McBride
but the problem we have right now is (no) integrity in the process.
Scoppe: Lillian McBride and the politics of race