The Summit County Board of Elections has a new director.
It's Republican Joe Masich of Green. Masich replaces Ron Koehler, who was told last month by Republican board members that they intended to appoint someone else.
Koehler attended the beginning of the meeting, then shook hands with Deputy Director Kim Zurz and left the board room immediately after Masich was sworn in.
Masich resigned as the court administrator for Summit County Common Pleas Court - Probate Division.
"It's going to be a difficult thing with the cuts, but I've always dealt well with the county and administration in my previous position and with county council and the executive and their finance department," said Masich.
Masich worked at the board of elections for a couple of years in the 1980's and now takes the top non-board position about 21 hours before the polls open for the primary election.
"I'm sure that with the deputy director and Mr. Koehler, my predecessor here, that they've prepared for tomorrow as they done in the past," said Masich.
The position pays $106,090 per year.