| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Monday, November 8, 2004
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH THANKS ELECTION COMMISSIONER SCHMIDT
Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today thanked Connie Schmidt for nine years of service as Johnson County election commissioner. Schmidt announced that she will retire from the post effective December 17, 2004. Schmidt was first appointed by Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh on September 14, 1995.
FOR NINE YEARS OF SERVICE
“This is a tremendous loss for our elections community,” stated Thornburgh. “Connie is a recognized national and state leader in the elections field. During her tenure, Johnson County has been the recipient of a number of awards, including ‘Digital Government Award of Excellence’ July 1998; 1999 NACO Achievement Award for its bi-state public/private partnership program to recruit election workers; and 2001 NACO Achievement Award for Education and Public Information, for implementation of Celebration and Patriotism Foundation.”
“Connie has been a colleague and true friend during my term of office and will be greatly missed,” stated Thornburgh.
Schmidt currently serves as the chair of the Professional Education Program Certification Board for The Election Center, as a member of the National Education Reform Task Force organized by the Election Center, and as a member of the National Association of State Elections Directors Voting Systems Standards Board. At the state level, she is a member of Kansas’ Help America Vote Act Implementation Committee and also serves as the co-chair of the Education Committee for the Kansas County Clerks and Election Official Association.
A committee will be appointed by Secretary Thornburgh to fill the vacancy. The committee will review applications and make a recommendation to the secretary of state. Thornburgh hopes to have the position filled by mid-December.