Last week, the Missoula County Commissioners decided to continue the appointment method of choosing an elections administrator.

The current administrator for the past three years has been Rebecca Connors, but she is moving to Helena, and her last day will be December 15, so a new administrator must now be appointed. Missoula County Chief Administrative Officer Vickie Zeier outlined the qualifications for a new elections chief.

“We will hope for election experience, and we’d like a Public Administration degree,” Zeier began. “They’d need to be able to work with a wide variety of people and different political views, be able to follow the law and have great organizational skills.”

Zeier said the recruitment process is still in the development stages.

“I will be meeting with the commissioners this week to decide on the recruitment process,” she said. “In the past, we had a selection committee and then we posted the position. We contacted the top six applicants and sent out a follow-up questionnaire, then they interviewed with the selection committee, and then we submitted two names to the commission.”

Zeier said the timeline to post this position, rate of pay and anticipated start date are yet to be determined.