November 12, 2004


Johnson County, Kansas

Commissioner of Elections



The Election Commissioner, appointed by the Kansas Secretary of State, directs election activities in Johnson County, Kansas.  The position sets policy and oversees the operation of the Johnson County Election Office in registering voters, conducting elections, evaluating and implementing new legislation, promoting and maintaining good public relations, and budgeting for all election activities including securing funding from the Board of County Commissioners.  The position is responsible for managing a 39,000 square foot office/warehouse and computer hardware/software inventory valued in excess of $7.5 million.  The Election Commissioner employs a full-time staff of 16 employees, 20 to 60 on-call election workers, and 1,800 seasonal election workers.


Work Examples

·        Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct election activities including: voter registration activities, assignment of precinct boundaries, candidate filings, and election management

·        Assist special districts in preparing for elections

·        Supervise and coordinate the implementation of hardware/software and other technological improvements within the office

·        Direct and evaluate personnel

·        Oversee the preparation and administration of the annual budget and capital improvement program

·        Review legislation pertaining to elections; interpret and implement legislative changes

·        Formulate department policies and procedures

·        Make presentations to the Board of County Commissioners, Secretary of State, other governmental entities, community organizations, and professional associations

·        Receive, certify, and validate candidate petitions

·        Serve as public relations officer—including doing television and radio interviews and serving as media contact for newspaper reporters

·        Prepare and disseminate reports including state and federal statistical reports

·        Research, analyze, and implement advancements in technology – hardware, software, and election equipment

Job Requirements

·        College degree from accredited 4 year university

·        Advanced technology skills

·        Exceptional leadership skills

·        Exceptional verbal and written communication skills


Preferred Skills

·        Knowledge of election administration

·        Proficiency in managing projects

·        Ability to serve as a visionary

·        Accomplished team player with ability to build relationships


Salary Range

            $75,000 - $85,000 commensurate with qualifications


Application Procedure

All applicants must submit a Kansas Secretary of State Employment Application and a personal resume.  The deadline to return a completed application and resume is Monday, November 29, 2004.  Submit your application online at: (follow the Quick Links box to Apply for a Job), or contact Mike Brassel at

(785) 291-3603.


Employment Philosophy

The Kansas Secretary of State and Johnson County are equal opportunity employers.


Contact Information


Mailing Address:

Kansas Secretary of State

First Floor, Memorial Hall

Attn: Mike Brassel

120 SW 10th Ave

Topeka, KS 66612-1594


(785) 291-3603


(785) 368-8032