The Miami County Board of Elections voted 3-0 to terminate the employment of Eric Morgan, deputy elections director, at a special meeting Jan. 24.

Morgan, a Democrat, had worked in the elections office since spring 2013.

The termination, effective immediately, followed a closed board executive session.

Democrat Dean Tamplin of Tipp City made the motion to terminate the employment with Republicans Jose Lopez of West Milton and Ryan King of Piqua voting in support.

Board member Jose Lopez said the vote was “done on the initiation of the Democratic Party … He (Morgan) is their designee.”

 “Ultimately the Democratic Party has decided it didn’t have confidence in Eric and doing his job anymore,” King said.

Tamplin agreed that the party had lost confidence in Morgan, who was an at-will employee.

The board agreed not to fill the position at this time due to changes soon in the board’s membership. Bev Kendall, a Republican, is the elections director.

Both Tamplin and Lopez are leaving the board when their terms expire at the end of February. The fourth board member Kelly Gillis, a Democrat from Tipp City, retired at year’s end and a replacement is pending.

The changes will leave King as the only board member with experience. He joined the board in 2016.

Dave Fisher, a Democrat, attended a board meeting in January, saying he had been appointed by the party to fill Gillis’ position. The appointment has to be approved by the Ohio Secretary of Ohio.

The Democrats also have nominated Audrey Gillespie for the board, Fisher said. Her appointment also must be approved.

The Republican Party has not appointed a replacement for Lopez. It plans to meet in February to make that appointment, according to party Chairman John “Bud” O’Brien.



Election Filing Deadline 

The deadline for filing for the May primary election ballot is Wednesday, Feb. 1, with the Miami County Board of Elections.

As of Monday, one issue had been filed for ballots in the Tipp City Exempted Village School District. That issue is a proposed combined renewal levy. The 13.9-mill, seven-year levy combines two levies set to expire.

School leaders have emphasized the renewal would not bring an increase in taxes and would allow district seniors to continue receiving the Homestead exemption.

Also filed for ballots in the county as of Monday was a proposed income tax for recreation in Troy, a renewal levy in Casstown and candidates for Troy City Council.