Retired undersheriff named elections commissioner to replace retiring Kathy Case

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 June 2023 at 9:20 am

Mike Mele

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature on Tuesday appointed Mike Mele to succeed Kathy Case as an elections commissioner, representing the Republican Party.

Case is retiring on July 8. Mele in August 2021 retired as undersheriff in the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. He worked 22 years in law enforcement.

He also is a member of the Murray Town Board, and vice chairman of the Orleans County Republican Party.

The salary for the part-time position is $21,664 in 2023 and $22,097 in 2024.

Case served in the position for about seven years. That included the advent of early voting for primaries and the general election, and the challenges of the 2021 election season, when the board of elections had to mail out 24,000 ballots to registered voters in the county.

“She has been a great employee who has given the county many years of service,” said Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislature chairwoman.