Bryan Williams is coming back to the Summit County Board of Elections.
Williams, who had served as board director and deputy director before leaving four years ago to become a lobbyist, was selected Saturday by the county Republican Executive Committee to serve a three-year term.
Republican Ray Weber opted not to seek reappointment to the four-member board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats.
The party now will submit Williams’ name to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who must approve the appointment.
The term begins March 1. The position pays nearly $18,000 a year.
Williams couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
He was the only Republican to seek the position and was approved with a unanimous vote, said Alex Arshinkoff, county GOP chairman.
“Obviously there will be no on-the-job training for him,” Arshinkoff said, referring to Williams’ previous stint with the elections board.
Williams, a Fairlawn resident, spent time as the elections director and deputy director from 2004 until 2010. He also is a former state legislator and ran for Akron mayor in 2003.
He currently is a lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, a consortium of private construction companies.
Until December, he also was an elected member of the state school board. But he resigned that post after a Beacon Journal/NewsOutlet investigation revealed he couldn’t serve as a lobbyist and an elected member of the school board.
The Ohio Ethics Commission said that lobbying and serving in an elected position violates state law.
Arshinkoff said that issue didn’t come up at Saturday’s vote.
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