Dallas County Elections Administrator Stepping Down

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The man who has handled elections for Dallas County for more than 23 years is stepping down, and his supporters say they don’t like the reason why.

“Well, it’s one word – it’s politics,” said Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Neerman. “It’s been a very disappointing 36 hours here in Dallas County, seeing how this has transpired. Bruce Sherbet is a long-time public official. His an independent, honest voice.”

Neerman thinks long-time Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet is being forced out by pressure from the new Dallas County Judge and other members of the Commissioners Court.

“This is a good time to look at other options.  I don’t want to do this job without the full support of the county commissioners,” Sherbet told CBS 11’s Jay Gormley.

Neerman and Sherbet both told CBS 11 that County Commissioner John Wiley Price led the charge to remove Sherbet.

“Bruce was very fair to both parties. He called balls and strikes fairly for both sides,” Neerman said, “and I think what Clay Jenkins and others in the Democratic establishment wanted was someone who had an expanded strike sone for one party over the other.” County Judge Clay Jenkins and County Commissioner Price are both Democrats.

Sherbet is not affiliated with either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.

Sherbet said the writing on the wall when a meeting of the obscure County Elections Commission was called by Judge Clay Jenkins.

Jenkins issued a statement on Sherbet’s departure that gives a glimpse into the debate.  “I wish Mr. Sherbet the very best in his new endeavors.  Fair and accurate elections are extremely important.  Every eligible voter must be able to vote, and their vote must be accurately counted.”

County officials had set the meeting for Friday to discuss the position of Elections Administrator for the first time since Sherbet took office more than two decades ago.  Sherbet believes that the commission was going to fire him.

Sherbet handed in his resignation Thursday.  In it he said “It has been an honor to serve Dallas County for the last 35 years.”

His last day on the job will be March 1st.


One Comment

  1. Elen says:

    I worked with Bruce Shebert so often through the years in one campaign or another. What was incredible is that he truly was fair to everyone.

    Possibly this is the reason of discontent with him. Everyone knew they couldn’t control him and make him do what they wanted. I can’t imagine any other reason. FYI: I I’m an Independent now after being a staunch Democrat for all of my voting years and worked campaigns.

    This latest boondoggle in Dallas city politics just shows why people are discouraged.

  2. Betty Culbreath says:

    John Price did all this Clay Jenkins is a rubber stamp for Price.Kathy Nealy and Daphene Fain of Prices office wanted to take over the election department doing last election Bruce would not allow it. Price and Nealy convinced Garcia that Bruce was helping Mayfield nothing could be father from truth.Election department in non partisan it is run by the State and Federal rules.Bruce worked in that department about 3 or 4 years before being appointed the Administrator.John Price will burn in hell for all the lives he has ruin using his power as an Elected Official, Clay Jenkins will be a one term County Judge democrats and republican are mad as hell about Bruce he was a honest man with integrity.Price is not even on committee but he makes the call. How can both Clerks be so afraid of Price,Oh he has to approve their budgets.

  3. Rick McDaniel says:

    The Democrats have become the party of corruption, misbehavior, and dictatorship, in America.

    This is an indicator, of how wide spread that problem is, at every level of government, from the WH to the town or village.

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