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, November 3, 2003

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

THORNBURGH SWEARS-IN SEDGWICK
COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSIONER

Wichita, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today officially swore-in Bill Gale to the post of Sedgwick County election commissioner. The ceremony took place at the Sedgwick County election office. Gale will serve the remainder of a four year term being vacated by Marilyn Champan. The term expires in July of 2005.

"There will be many challenges in the coming months and years due to new federal election requirements," stated Thornburgh. "Bill Gale is the right person for the job at the right time and brings a clear understanding of election procedures to the table. I look forward to working with him to ensure Sedgwick County continues to be a leader in the elections community."

"I am pleased to accept the post of Sedgwick County election commissioner," stated Gale. "I look forward to working on the local and state level to ensure the requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 are met and we are fully ready for the 2004 presidential election. I am focused on the job of administering elections and will provide fair, honest and accurate elections for the voters of Sedgwick County."

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Bill Gale most recently 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.

Thornburgh appointed a five member search committee in September to handle the application and interview process. Upon completing the application and interview process, the selection committee recommended four candidates to the Secretary of State for his review. The new election commissioner was announced on October 20, 2003.

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