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.