A 1983 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School and an office manager and legal assistant at a Lima law firm is tabbed to be the the next director of the Auglaize County Elections Board.
Michelle Wilcox received unanimous support from the four Elections Board members to replace Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell, who is scheduled to retire July 31.
Wilcox is to replace Campbell effective Aug. 1, but board members intend to hire her as an intern so she can learn under Campbell and other staff and so she can attend a state seminar the last week of June.
“I thought her qualifications were outstanding,” Elections Board President Fran Engle said after this morning’s meeting to nominate and name a successor for Campbell. “I thought one of the things we were looking for was how was the person going to get along with a lot of people and how was the person going to deal with a stressful situation and we knew she could do the job because she had already handled a lot of stressful situations.
“Our biggest challenge is our salary is very low,” she said. “A lot of people do not want the position because they have to drop to a lower salary.”
Wilcox will be paid an annual salary of $36,795.
Engle favored Wilcox also because she showed she could work in a bipartisan fashion. She worked with her current employer to help bring Gov. John Kasich to the region.
Board member Mary Dee Malueg remarked she was impressed with her during the interview process.
“I think the way she was able to converse with the board really made an impression with me,” Malueg said. “She researched the job. She was very easy to talk to and she was very interested in the position.”
Board members interviewed six people, two people removed their application after the interview. Ten people applied for the position. The new director had to be of the same party as Campbell, who is a Democrat.
The assistant director is Peg Matheny, who is a Republican.
Malueg and Brent Henschen are Democrats on the Elections Board and moved and seconded Wilcox to replace Campbell. Engle and Bill Roth are the Republicans on the Elections Board. They also voted for Wilcox.
Wilcox graduated from Waynesfield-Goshen High School in 1983 and graduated with a degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University in 1986.
She worked as an office manager from March 2000 to April 2010 at Wilcox Chiropractic in Waynesfield and from November 2011 to the present at Kaufman Law Office in Lima.
She is a resident of Lakeview, but still resides in Auglaize County.