The Tarrant County Elections Commission is made up of the county judge, the county clerk, the county tax-assessor collector, and the chairs of the county’s Republican and Democratic parties. After the members voted to post the position, Tarrant County Judge Tim O’Hare laid out next steps.
“The county will post the job description and the actual job on the county’s website and send it to multiple election-oriented websites,” O’Hare said. “According to law, the No. 2 in charge becomes the acting elections administrator until a permanent position is filled.”
According to O’Hare, resumes for the position will be reviewed by all elections commission members, and any member can choose for a candidate to be interviewed. The commission will then convene in a closed session to select two or three finalists from the pool of potential candidates and then decide by majority vote who the next elections administrator will be.
“We’re going to work to do it expeditiously, but we’re not going to go so quickly that we don’t get the right candidate,” O’Hare said. “We’re going to do everything we can to find a candidate that everyone can trust and believe in and can work with the public, work with both parties, work with Libertarians and work with people that are apolitical so that they’ll know that our elections are fair, secure, honest and of the utmost integrity.”
O’Hare stated while Garcia’s last official day is June 23, due to unused vacation time that could be stacked up, his last day could be up to four weeks earlier than that. Garcia will oversee the May 6 election.