A Missouri native who served 23 years as an elected county clerk in the "Show Me" state has been named Mohave County's administrative supervisor for voter registration.
Bob Bartelsmeyer was among 14 people throughout the country who applied for the job and was hired based on his experience, County Recorder Joan McCall said.
He replaces Terry Kemp, who left around December.
"I think he has a lot of knowledge because he worked in elections for a number of years," McCall said.
"I think he will do us a good job."
Bartelsmeyer, 46, oversees an office with three full-time employees and one part-time worker handling voter registration rolls and early voting procedures.
He reports to McCall, who is elected.
He started Monday and will earn $46,425 a year.
Bartelsmeyer said he took the job because he wanted to return to county administration work after a year's absence.
He was selling touch-screen voting equipment for Avante International.
He said he was based in Brighton, Colo., and covered seven to eight states.
"I like to deal with the electoral process, making sure every voter has the opportunity to exercise the right to vote, and deal with the detailed process of getting people registered and doing that in a very easy manner," Bartelsmeyer said.
"I'm glad I can be an asset and bring good cost-management skills."
A native of Monett, Mo., Bartelsmeyer said he started his career in 1978 by being elected county clerk/recorder in Lawrence County, Mo.
He oversaw a staff of four employees in a county with 22,000 registered voters.
Bartelsmeyer said he resigned in 2000 to accept a job as elections administrator in Adams County, Colo.
He supervised six employees in a county with 200,000 registered voters.
By contrast, Mohave County has 87,000 registered voters.
Bartelsmeyer said he majored in history and political science at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.
He said his wife, Linda, and 20-year-old son, Jon, will move from Aurora, Mo., to join him.
He listed U.S.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, a former governor of Missouri, as an old friend who sang at his wedding.
"He is very genuine, very sincere in what he believes," he said of Ashcroft.
Bartelsmeyer said his wife is a government consultant and former state lawmaker in Missouri.