Perfect timing: Florida's elections chief steps down

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Just two weeks before the primary election the head of the state’s elections office has quit to be closer to her family. Dr. Gisela Salas, director of the Division of Elections, resigned effective Aug. 1, Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s office announced late Monday via the News Service of Florida.

In a letter to the state’s supervisors of elections that was also sent to media Monday night, Detzner said the office can still oversee a smoothe primary and general election. “I want to assure you that the Division of Elections will be under the leadership and guidance of very experienced managers,” Detzner wrote.  Deputy Secretary John Boynton will oversee the division, and Detzner noted he has worked at the elections agency for 39 years. Jennifer Kennedy, assistant secretary and Detzner’s chief of staff, oversaw the office during the last two election cycles, and will also help out. “Additionally, I have complete confidence in our Division Bureau Chiefs, Kristi Bronson, David Drury and Maria Matthews, to be effective leaders and managers,” Detzner said. Salas earned $90,000 a year.

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