It's Official: Toni Pippins-Poole Is Now Your Dallas County Elections Administrator

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Toni Pippins-Poole
Last night, Dallas County spokesperson Maria Arita sent word: Toni Pippins-Poole has been named Dallas County Elections Administrator, thus removing the word "interim" from her title. No doubt, longtime observers of county politics aren't stunned by this news. They will say, well, sure, it was inevitable, even after County Judge Clay Jenkins said in January that the county would conduct a nationwide search to find Bruce Sherbet's replacement following his inexplicable ouster in January that briefly bonded Democrats and Republicans.

After all, Pippins-Poole is friends with Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price; she said as much when we spoke to her in February, while also dismissing there was any "big conspiracy" on Jenkins and Price's part to put her in that position after 24 years as Sherbet's assistant. In the statement sent last night, Jenkins says he looked outside but opted to promote from within:
"We followed the process we all agreed upon and chose the best candidate for the job. In her nearly eight months as Acting Elections Administrator, Ms. Pippins-Poole ran two successful elections without complaint and worked well with the municipalities and school districts across the county.

Our process included a nationwide search that yielded over one hundred applicants from all across the country. The committee chose to interview three finalists and also received extensive survey information from Ms. Poole's subordinates, superiors, and colleagues. I am pleased we could promote this 23-year Dallas County Elections employee to the top position and am confident that she will continue doing a great job for Dallas County."
Which, if nothing else, is good news for Price, who enjoys an open-door policy at DalCo Elections HQ on voting day.

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I'm an election judge
I'm an election judge

This woman has done absolutely nothing to you.  Yet you all rip her to shreds.  She worked there for years and served us very well.  She was our lead trainer for early vote election clerks/judges.  She gives excellent training and support.  She has stepped up and is doing nothing wrong. 

Yet, the bloggers on this page are being hateful and mean to this woman. 

Have any of you bloggers ever volunteered to serve as an election judge or clerk?  Go work all those hours and see how difficult the process is and then come back on this blog and tell me you don't appreciate her efforts.

Just to be clear:  I wish Sherbet was still the Elec. Adm.  But, since he is gone, I think we are fortunate that Toni is there.  That is one hard job and it does not pay that much. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

If theres one positive to this, her name sure sets up for fun punnery, like "Boy someone sure made a huge Pippins in the Poole"..I wonder if thats what JimS is up to this week, seeing he'll miss "Hot Fudge Friday"...

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

If you look closely at her computer, it appears to not even be turned on... no screen saver.... nothing.... doesn't appear to get used very often judging by stuff piled in front of it.

TruJustice
TruJustice

For God's sake, I can't believe that woman has delibertley desecrated the American Flag like that and then left it hanging on her office wall for everyone to see.  How can she possibly be a leader when she doesn't even know how to honor the American Flag.  Guess she was a excellent student of JWP.  After all, he is the one that turned his back to the flag and held his hands down to his side during the pledge at a meeting where he was scheduled as the keynote speaker.

Paul
Paul

I wonder what it would take to get UN observers here for the next election?

And let's see ... and those elections would be the mayoral election and the mayoral run-off election ...

I wonder who the other two finalists were?

Be afraid ... be very afraid ...

WHITE GUILT LIBTARD
WHITE GUILT LIBTARD

Observer Libtards love to dish it out, but they sure can't take it!

Delete this again you libtard bitches, I'll just post it right back up.

YOU CAN NEVER BLOCK ME NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY.

I'm sure this news pleases the pathetic white-guilt libtard and so-called "journalist", Joe Tone.

WHITE GUILT LIBTARD
WHITE GUILT LIBTARD

I'm sure this news pleases the pathetic white-guilt libtard and so-called "journalist", Joe Tone.

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

Jenkins once again shows what a liar and flunkie of JWP he is.  Says a "nationwide search" will be conducted, tried last week to just name this woman for the job without interviewing anyone else, and now made it official.  It was planned all along and Jenkins just continues to show that he is JWP's puppet. 

Lucy S.
Lucy S.

This is Dallas County at its worst. During the 2012 primary and the general election I hope the FBI, Department of Justice and the Texas Attorney General will appoint someone to watch her and those voting machines.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

So I take it "our man downtown" got his wish to hire his friend into a job..Here's hoping house is cleaned once the FBI indictments come down...;)

Balch Springs Citizen
Balch Springs Citizen

She looks real organized to me, take a look at her desk.  Hope my papers aren't waiting her approval.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

The fact she may be competent to do the job is irrelevant since she got it through sleazy, back room power-brokering that started with her very competent and well-respected boss being forced out of the job she now holds.  Your position is analogous to that of praising a dictator for doing a good job while overlooking the fact he got there by shooting his more-able predecessor.

Paul
Paul

I believe that Mr. Sherbet was run out of office because of a power struggle with certain county officials.

Now we have another crony of JWP in a significant position in county government.  This the Dallas County Government, not JWP's fiefdom.

Is JWP corrupt ... I don't know but as the saying goes where there is smoke there is fire and there sure is a lot of smoke around JWP.

The Medrano clan members just got indicted on various voter fraud charges.

As far as I am concerned, even a suspicion of voter fraud or vote corruption is untenable and strikes at one of the foundations of our government.

I do appreciate your time spent on elections.

TracyClinton
TracyClinton

Yes, photos staged by photographers have never been done before. I believe every network tv news piece happens to catch a subject as the take a phone call or type up a document while media is there.Blame the photographer for a poor details for the shot.

TracyClinton
TracyClinton

I can't believe people wear shirts that cut up the flag, desecrating it in such an inhumane fashion. It ruins footage of every political convention ever.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, such bitterness my man...did someone destroy your hood & sheet at the cleaners??

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I agree, I'm a dem and I have some serious issues w/ JWP as some already know, as well as with his boytoy/talking dummy Clay Jenkins. It just stinks to me Price puts in one of his "sista gurls" to help oversee elections, it stinks of collusion similar to chicago-style tenement politics. I have feeling Bruce Shebert is both wincing and laughing at this whole situation as we speak..

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Your papers aren't waiting for her approval, they're on John Wiley Price's desk waiting for his approval.  No vote for you!

Mike
Mike

It probably is not a sign of disorganization, but it is a sign of waste.  Most execs these days may have desktop screens that look as bad as that desk, but they at least stopped killing trees.  That reliance on paper, particularly in a function that manages almost daily changes, also complicates any control process to stay updated.  Those cylinders behind her are likely maps, probably annotated with all kinds of info that no one else can access, with no guarantee of accuracy.  Any time you see a PC in that office position, it's a dead give away that it is strictly a peripheral.  The people at Boise Cascade or competitors must love Dallas County Government.

TracyClinton
TracyClinton

Actually, that's a horrible analogy, but points to you for not making a nazi reference.

TracyClinton
TracyClinton

I know that Bruce Sherbet is enjoying finishing a remodel of his house and consulting for the Republican Party now that he doesn't have to pretend anymore.

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