Republican Albert Tieche — not Metro Councilman Eric Crafton or Tennessee State Fair Executive Director Buck Dozier — is the new Davidson County elections administrator.
By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Davidson County Election Commission voted to hire the 55-year-old Tieche, an employee of the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services who has received poll-worker training.
In doing so, the Republican-controlled commission opted against installing a high-profile Republican like Crafton in favor of the candidate who seemed to have the most election experience.
“I thought Albert Tieche clearly had the best overall background and credentials,” commission chair Lynn Greer said. “He had the most experience in the election process. He was the most familiar with it.”
Tieche will earn between $82,500 and $85,000 per year initially, a figure that would likely go up if he is officially certified in the spring. He will likely assume the position from outgoing Elections Administrator Ray Barrett before the end of the year.
Barrett, who has held the position since 2004, makes $100,313 per year.
Tieche said Barrett has done a “nice job” and indicated he would like to continue his type of leadership.
“There’s no one thing,” Tieche said when asked about his goals. “The election commission here functions pretty well. It’s not a mess. You’ve got a good commission and you’ve got a staff that’s got a pretty good number of years in. In my opinion, it’s continuous improvement.”