RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 20, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTION
COMMISSIONER FOR SEDGWICK COUNTY

Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced Bill Gale will be appointed Sedgwick County election commissioner.

“Bill Gale is the right person for the job at the right time,” stated Thornburgh. “He brings a clear understanding of the elections process to the table. There will be a number of changes made to elections procedures in the coming months and years due to new federal requirements. I look forward to working with Bill to ensure Sedgwick County continues to be a leader in the elections community.”

“My top priority is to continue to provide fair, honest and accurate elections,” stated Bill Gale. “I look forward to working on the local and state level to ensure Sedgwick County meets the requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and is fully ready for the 2004 presidential election.”

Bill Gale has served as the fiscal officer for the Mid-America All-Indian Center. He was elected to the Wichita City Council and served eight years in that position. Gale has numerous hours of community involvement and has been a resident of Sedgwick County since 1979. He is married to Charissa JarboeGale.

Gale will serve out the remainder of a four year term that is currently held by Marilyn Chapman. Chapman is scheduled to retire October 31, 2003.

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Thornburgh appointed a five member search committee in September to handle the application and interview process. The committee members were Nancy Bryant, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State; Brad Bryant, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Elections and Legislative Matters; Tom Winters, Sedgwick County Commissioner; Andrew Bias, president/CEO of Mennonite Housing; and John Rolfe, president/CEO of the Greater Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau. A total of 46 people applied for the Sedgwick County election commissioner position. Upon completing the application and interview process, the selection committee recommended four candidates to the Secretary of State for his review.

A formal swearing-in ceremony will take place in early November.

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