Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Richland County Election Commission has selected a new executive director to lead the county's elections department.
The board voted Wednesday afternoon to hire Howard Jackson. Jackson has worked in voter registration in Orangeburg County.
"I think I'm going to bring some integrity to the office. Not like that's lacking now, but I have integrity," said Jackson. "I have the ability to work with different people at all different levels. I'm just excited about coming and rolling up my sleeves and getting to work."
Of the four commission members, only one, Elaine Dubose, did not want to hire Jackson. Dubose did say, despite her concerns, she was confident everything would work out.
Jackson will be the permanent replacement for Lillian McBride, who resigned back in January after she came under heavy criticism for her agency's performance in the November 2012 general election.
"I don't know exactly what happened, I've only heard about it through the media," he said. "I think we all know you don't always get the full story so I'm looking forward to reading that report and getting with the staff and moving forward."
Voters had to wait as long as seven hours to vote. A subsequent interim report concluded there were far too few machines distributed to precincts.
"I think pressure is what you put on yourself," Jackson said. "We did a lot of elections in Orangeburg and didn't have any problems so we're looking forward to bringing that process here to Columbia."
Former Election Commission Chair Liz Crum also left office in the wake of the problems, and said that she had no confidence in McBride's management.
McBride was later hired as the Deputy Director of Voter Registration and Absentee Services.
Tuesday Jackson will begin negotiating a start date and salary with the Election Commission.