Monday, February 8, 2010

Questions Arise Concerning County Insurance

A question about whether the county election commission is covered under Putnam County's overall insurance program may be answered next week. Administrator of Elections Debbie Steidl told the county's Fiscal Review committee Monday night that she had been told the election commission was NOT included in the county policy. County attorney Jeff Jones said he would research the issue, but said that the crux of the matter is whether or not election commission members are considered to be state or county employees. He says that issue has not yet been resolved by the federal courts, and is the subject of a pending lawsuit. Commissioner Bob Duncan made a motion that the county executive have a meeting with the insurance committee, the election commission, the county attorney and the county's insurance company to determine whether or not election commissioners are covered, but the motion died for lack of a second. County executive Kim Blaylock told committee members that she would try to have a more definitive answer for them by next week.