MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. – The Rutherford County Election Commission voted unanimously to fire its administrator Monday night.
The commission voted 5-0 to dismiss Nicole Lester based on accusations she wasn’t working full days, and as a result, was negatively impacting staff morale.
“These allegations are substantial, documented, frequent and blatant,” said Ransom Jones, Chairman of the Rutherford County Election Commission.
Jones went onto say, “The administrator no longer enjoys the trust and confidence of me or my fellow commissioners.”
Prior to the vote, multiple residents spoke in support of Lester. They argued she was always in the office or reachable by phone, and firing her would be an unnecessary distraction for the county.
Lester also disputed the allegations, and arrived with boxes of files she said proved she had been working the required hours. She said she was willing to work with commissioners to put their differences aside.
“I know in my heart and my soul I have done a good job for the voters of Rutherford County,” said Lester.
After the vote, Jones said filling the job quickly was a top priority. The job will be posted immediately.
The Election Commission will meet next Monday to discuss appointing an interim administrator, and possible replacement candidates.
The next election will be Aug.7 for county offices, Smyrna judicial offices and state and federal primaries.