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Missoula County Elections Aide Peggy Chilcote demonstrates how one of the ballot opening machines works as Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors looks on during preparations for the 2016 election.

In the move from electing to appointing the county elections administrator, did the commissioners consider the idea that 43 people might file to run for the position?

Likely not. But that's how many people put in applications for the soon-to-be-open position as of Wednesday, according to county communications coordinator Katie Klietz.

Those 43 people are vying for the position vacated by Rebecca Connors, the first appointed elections administrator in Missoula County.

Connors announced her resignation earlier this fall and the Board of County Commissioners voted around the same time to keep appointing the job, which used to be part of the elected Clerk, Recorder and Treasurer’s duties.

The job posting on the county’s website asked that candidates have a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in business management, public administration or any job related to elections administration, as well as three years in a supervisor customer service job.

The posting listed $36 an hour for the base wage.

The elections administrator answers directly to Chief Administrative Officer Vickie Zeier, the former elected Clerk and Recorder, who previously ran elections.

Klietz said the 43 applications will be whittled down in the next couple of weeks to two or three finalists by a selection committee made up of county officials.

The finalists will then be interviewed by the commissioners before they make a choice.

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City, County Government Reporter

Government reporter for the Missoulian.