Charlottesville Registrar Iachetta to Resign Effective Dec. 31

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Charlottesville's voter registrar is resigning from her post. According to Rich Sincere of the Charlottesville Electoral Board, Sheri Iachetta willingly offered up her resignation Thursday and the board accepted it, effective December 31.

The three-member electoral board met with Iachetta Thursday to decide how to deal with the issue.

Iachetta and Bettye Stephanie Commander, a former member of the city's electoral board, are facing felony charges stemming from city-paid cell phone bills. Iachetta is charged with misusing public funds/ The charges follow an investigation of using city tax money to cover more than $7,000 in bills for city-issued cell phones for people who are not employed by the city.

"Among the things we discussed were situations that arise sometimes when examples of bad judgment by one party or another lead to irreparable damage to a relationship and that's what we had felt happened between Sheri and the board," said Jim Nix, a member of the Charlottesville Electoral Board.

The city's electoral board will kick off a nationwide search to replace Iachetta. Due to the timing, the board will likely have to appoint an interim registrar. The board needs to have someone in place by June 9 because a primary is scheduled for that day in Charlottesville.

Board members also say they do not plan on resigning.

Statement of Electoral Board
City of Charlottesville
November 6, 2014

The past three months have been very difficult for members of the Electoral Board, the General Registrar, and the staff of the Office of Voter Registration and Elections. In some respects, the normal challenges of conducting an election have been overshadowed by allegations of financial improprieties that resulted in criminal charges against the General Registrar.

As an Electoral Board, our ultimate allegiance and responsibility is to the voters of the City of Charlottesville, to ensure that they realize their fundamental right to an open, fair, and honest election.

This past Tuesday, as has been the case for the past decade and a half, Sheri Iachetta and the entire staff played an important part in seeing that our City's election was conducted properly and as planned. Our voters knew that their ballots were cast, counted, and secured with efficiency and integrity.

Unfortunately, there are times when lapses in judgment cause damage to a relationship that is irreparable and that is where this Electoral Board finds itself today.

For that reason, we have, with regrets, accepted Ms. Iachetta's resignation as General Registrar, effective December 31, 2014.

As a Board, we thank Sheri Iachetta for her years of service, her accumulated expertise in election law and procedures, and her willingness to endure the pressures of the past few months. We wish her well in her future endeavors.

No matter what the outcome of this situation would have been, we would have been uncomfortable with it. This has been a difficult time for us, and as members of the Electoral Board, we have had little precedent to guide us.

We plan to conduct a nationwide search for a successor as General Registrar and we hope to fill the position in time for next year's June primary election. We are counting on the assistance of our highly capable staff during this transition period.

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