The Summit County elections board didn't need to look far to find its new deputy director.
The board voted today to promote Paula Sauter, the assistant to the deputy director, to the board's No. 2 spot. Sauter, 39, has been with the board for seven years, serving in registration, absentee and campaign finance before being promoted to assistant to the deputy director.
Tim Gorbach, the board's Democratic director, said the board received 19 applications, but Sauter was the natural choice because of her years of experience. The board has not yet appointed a new assistant.
Sauter replaces Kim Zurz, who resigned because of pension changes. She will earn about $106,000 a year.
"I am very grateful the board has given me this opportunity," she said.