Fri, Jul 21, 2017


Election Commission Could Force Lester Out

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RuCo Election Administrator Nicole Lester with WGNS' Bryan Barrett during election night coverage this Spring.

The Rutherford County Election Commission is set to decide next week whether to keep Nicole Lester as administrator of elections or let her go for “unsatisfactory job performance.” WGNS' Bryan Barrett has more...


As reported by Post contributor Sam Stockard, county Election Commission Chairman Ransom Jones says during three years as the county’s top appointed election official, Lester has shown “blatant disregard” for county policy in regard to keeping work-hour records, in addition to displaying poor office leadership, which has led to “terrible” employee morale. Jones went on to say that Lester no longer enjoys the confidence of the five-person commission. At a meeting scheduled next Thursday, the five-member commission will decide whether to fire Lester, allow her to resign or reconcile the situation and keep her, according to Jones, who raised the matter at the June 9th Election Commission meeting. The issue was initiated, Jones said, after records showed Lester was working only one or two hours but collecting pay for a full day of work.


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