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Republicans, County Legislature make switch for elections commissioner

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 January 2017 at 12:16 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature appointed Kathleen Case as elections commissioner this morning, replacing Sylvia Shoemaker, who served a year in the post.

Case was backed for the position last week by the executive committee of the Republican Party.

One GOP official told Orleans Hub that Shoemaker has been at odds with Dorothy Morgan, the deputy elections commissioner. She is the wife of Ed Morgan, the GOP chairman for the county.

Case has served the past seven years on the Murray Town Board. She also worked 26 years in the Personnel Department for the county.

“It’s another challenge,” Case said this morning after the appointment by the Legislature.

Shoemaker was appointed to the part-time position last year after Dennis Piedimonte retired after 18 years. The position pays $19,237 in 2017.

Shoemaker took the position after working for the county for 17 years as a welfare fraud investigator.

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