Cherokee Nation Election Commissioner resigns

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
05/19/2020 08:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Seen April 26, 2019, Cherokee Nation Election Commissioner Carolyn Allen, left, and EC Chairwoman Shawna Calico take part in discussion of suspicious absentee ballot requests. Allen on May 15 resigned from the commission to pursue other opportunities. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s Election Commission on May 15 accepted the resignation of eight-year Commissioner Carolyn Allen.

“She was very knowledgeable,” Vice Chairwoman Pamela Sellers said. “We’re going to really miss her. We wish her all the best.”

Allen, who did not attend the special-called meeting, resigned for an education-related position within the CN, according to her peers.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have served with each of you on the commission,” Allen wrote in her resignation letter, “and to work with the Election Commission staff and attorney over the last several years.”

Two of the commissioners are appointed by the principal chief and two by the Tribal Council. The fifth commissioner is selected by the appointed commissioners.

A retired special education teacher, Allen was the EC’s choice for that fifth seat in May 2012.

“You’re not going to find anyone that is more honest, loyal and hardworking,” said Chairwoman Shawna Calico, who was a commissioner at the time. “I mean, she was dedicated to it.”

Allen’s reappointment vote in late 2016 was split, so she was allowed to serve until a successor was “duly appointed and confirmed,” per a holdover clause in CN election law. Her latest term was set to expire in October 2021.

Commissioners are accepting résumés from CN citizens who wish to fill Allen’s unexpired term.

“Legally, there’s nothing … that says we even have to advertise,” Calico said. “Like I said, if we knew somebody and thought they’d be good, then we could just appoint. But I think it’s better we take applications and make that decision from there.”

An official request for résumés was expected to be on the CN website, cherokee.org, on May 18. Résumés must be received at the EC office by 5 p.m. May 26.

“The only reason it’s one day longer (than a week) is because of Memorial Day,” Commissioner Rick Doherty said.

Résumés can be emailed to election-commission@cherokee.org; faxed to 918-458-6101; or mailed to P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK, 74465-1188.
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