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      Committee created amid 'ongoing problems' at Lucas Co. BOE

      A photo of the Lucas County Board of Elections from 2013.

      Ohio's Secretary of State sent the Lucas County Board of Elections a scathing letter on Monday, announcing the formation of a new oversight committee.

      According to a press release from Secretary of State Jon Husted's office, the four-person "Transparency Committee" was created "in an effort to address ongoing problems at the Lucas County Board of Elections."

      The letter, dated April 7, alludes to issues Husted says have continued at the Lucas County Board of Elections despite being released from a previous administrative oversight in early 2013.

      â??Despite the guidance and support elections officials in Lucas County have received from my office in recent years, it has become apparent that there is a severe lack of communication among board members and between the board and its staff,â?? Secretary Husted said. â??I am disappointed to be in this position yet again. I believe it is your sworn responsibility to provide local solutions to local problems."

      READ: Secretary of State Jon Husted's letter to the Lucas County BOE

      The new committee will have its first meeting on Wednesday, less than a month before Ohio's May 6 primary election.

      Among those named to the committee are former Assistant Secretary of State Scott Borgemenke, former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, James Ruvolo of Ruvolo & Associates and Jonathan Allison of Carpenter Lipps & Leland.

      Ruvolo and Allison have worked with the Board before and in 2013. They issued a 10-page report, recommending the termination of board director Meghan Gallagher and the board's deputy director for poor management and hte level of "mistrust and paranoid." Gallagher was eventually fired when she was replaced by board secretary Gina Kaczala in March.