Without Bill’s Leadership, Our Voting Process Is At Risk

My family and I have had dealings with the county clerk’s office for close to 50 years now.  In the time that Bill Burgess has been county clerk, I have witnessed many times the professionalism of that office.  His employees are courteous, knowledgeable and always ready to help a member of the public.  This behavior correlates with the kind of management employees are given.

In the last 4-5 years I have been observing at every election.  I have watched all aspects of the process from the help given to citizens at the front counter to the actual counting of the votes by machine.  The process is well-run and managed.  Employees are supervising every aspect of the process from signature checking to checking ballot for readability.  All political parties have access to observing and all parties are involved in the actual work of processing the ballots.

I have witnessed Bill involved in this process.  When the front counter is very business, he can be seen helping people right along with his staff.  He speaks with all citizens requesting his attention and is always courteous, friendly and helpful.  Bill does his job successfully and expects the same from staff who consistently follow his lead.  Without his leadership this office and voting process risks being less successful.

Lynn Cardiff, Salem Oregon

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