Johnson out as head of State Board of Elections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The State Board of Elections has fired
longtime director Sarah Ball Johnson effective at the end of this
week.

Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Walker, chairwoman of the
state board, said members voted 5-0 on Wednesday to remove Johnson from the appointed position she's held for the past eight years.

Johnson, one of the state's leading experts on elections, had
worked for the state board for 17 years. She said Wednesday that
she will miss the job but is looking forward to new opportunities.

Walker said the state board's attorney, Maryellen Allen, will
serve as interim director.

Walker said changes in leadership at the state board aren't
unusual during changes of administrations.


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