Embattled Lenoir County Elections Director Keeping Her Job

The embattled elections director in Lenoir County will keep her job, even though the local elections board wanted her fired.

In a letter released late Wednesday afternoon, State Elections Director Gary Bartlett says he is placing Dana King on probation until December 1st.

In January the Lenoir County Board of Elections petitioned Bartlett to remove King, who has been the county election's director since 1997.

The petition cited numerous reasons why King should be let go, including a lack of communication with board members, problems with voting in Lenoir County, and budget over-runs within the office.

In his decision, Bartlett said both sides in this dispute were at fault. "Unfortunately, the documents I have received also reflect poorly upon all involved, and uncover some highly-discouraging ineptitude in how business has been handled within Lenoir County Board of Elections," said Bartlett.

The state elections director says he hopes both sides can improve communications and business operations at the local elections board.

He says if King does not meet expectations, that could be grounds for termination after a new local elections board is seated in July.

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The Lenoir County Elections Director is answering allegations from her board who want her fired.

Dana King sent a 25 page response to the executive director of the State Board of Elections after the three member board sent a 106 page document asking for her to be terminated for not doing her job.

In her response, King says the issues presented are totally without merit. She also stated she works well with other local officials, and has always had a great working relationship with previous boards in her 16-years in her position, and has never had an unsatisfactory performance review, or any documented complaints.

King accuses the current elections board of not being able to work as a team.

The state direcrtor has 20 days to make a decision.