2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 26. Elections
§26-2-117. Secretary's Duties - Appointment of assistant secretary and chief clerk - Compensation.
The secretary of the county election board shall be the administrative officer of the county election board and shall have general supervisory authority over the several precinct election boards within the county. In counties having seventeen thousand five hundred or more registered voters, the secretary shall have the authority to employ and/or terminate an assistant secretary and such other employees as are necessary to perform the duties of the county election board. In counties having fewer than seventeen thousand five hundred registered voters, the secretary shall employ a chief clerk and such other employees as are necessary to perform the duties of the county election board. In the event a vacancy exists in the office of the secretary of the county election board, the Secretary of the State Election Board shall have the authority to stand in the place of the secretary of the county election board for the purpose of employing necessary county election board personnel. The secretary shall be charged with the operational responsibilities of the board, including, but not limited to, supervision, defining job positions and responsibilities of the employees, preparation of the annual budget, preparation and filing of all reports, and the implementation of policy, findings and actions lawfully prescribed or determined by the county election board. The minimum salary of the assistant secretary shall be equal to ninety percent (90%) of the scheduled salary of the secretary in the same county, but shall not exceed the salary of the highest salaried first or chief deputy or assistant to any county officer, excluding the under sheriff, in the same county. The minimum salary of the chief clerk shall be equal to the hourly rate paid of the salary of the highest salaried first or chief deputy or assistant to any county officer in the same county, excluding the undersheriff, or ninety percent (90%) of the scheduled salary of the secretary in the same county, whichever is lower. The salary limitation contained in this section shall not operate to reduce the salary of any person employed as an assistant secretary or chief clerk on May 1, 2003. Salaries of additional personnel, including personnel employed temporarily, shall not exceed the salary of the assistant secretary or chief clerk and shall be comparable to salaries paid for the same positions in other offices within the county. The salaries of the assistant secretary, chief clerk and other personnel shall be paid from county funds on a monthly basis. In the event that the secretary, assistant secretary, chief clerk, or any other essential county election board employee must be away from work for a period of time due to personal illness, family illness, or family emergency, the county shall be required to fund compensation of appropriate temporary personnel during the employee’s absence.
Added by Laws 1974, c. 153, § 2-117, operative Jan. 1, 1975. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 485, § 3; Laws 2004, c. 307, § 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 2004.
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