WAUSEON - The Fulton County Board of Elections last night unanimously chose Brett Kolb as its next director, effective Jan. 1. Current Director Gloria Marlatt is retiring Dec. 31.
Both Mr. Kolb, who was recommended by the Fulton County Republican Party central committee, and Ms. Marlatt are Republicans.
"We feel he will be dedicated to the position," said Jane Swigart, who is a member of both the county elections board and the county GOP central committee. "He will take the necessary steps to learn the position."
Mr. Kolb, 38, has been a Clinton Township trustee since 1998. He said he will fulfill his current term, which ends Dec. 31, but will not run again, which would be prohibited for an elections employee.
He will begin today at the elections board as an employee and will be paid $10 an hour until Jan. 1 as he learns the duties of the position. In December, the elections board will set his salary for next year. Ms. Marlatt, who has been director since 1992, is paid $33,666 a year.
Mr. Kolb was one of four candidates interviewed for the position last month by the Republican Party's central committee's executive committee, of which he is a member. He was chosen by a 10-0 vote; four members of the executive committee were absent.
He graduated from Wauseon High School in 1986 and has been employed in his family's downtown Wauseon shop, Kolb & Son Photo Equip, for more than 20 years.
He was a member of the Wauseon Fire Department from 1987 to 1998 and a member of the Fulton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities from 2002 to 2004.
He was unsuccessful in a bid to become county treasurer.