Board of Elections hires Chupp

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Board of Elections announced Wednesday that it has hired Donald “Donny” Chupp, of Sidney, as deputy director.

Chupp will start his duties, Monday, March 13. The board received seven applications for the position and interviewed four people before selecting Chupp.

He was hired at a salary of $37,000 annually and will serve a six-month probationary period per Shelby County’s Policy and Procedures Employee Manual. At the end of that period, his performance will be evaluated by the board.

“We were blessed to have interviewed all good and qualified candidates who were willing to serve our voters,” said board Chairman Chris Gibbs. “One of Donny’s first responsibilities will be to get up to speed on the roll-out of the new e-poll books, which are projected to be used for the first time county-wide this November.”

Chupp is a Republican. Ohio law dictates that the director and deputy director of county boards of elections be of opposite political parties. Director Dawn Billing is a Democrat. The law further states that the director of a county board of elections shall be of the opposite party to the chairman of the board. Gibbs is a Republican.

Current Shelby County Board of Election members are Republicans Gibbs and Jon F. Baker and Democrats Merrill Asher and Charles Craynon.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.