A decade ago, Jerome Lovato entered into a two-week contract to retest voting systems for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. That turned into a career in the Elections Division that will take another twist Monday when he begins work with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
“Professionally,” Lovato said, “it’s a great opportunity.”
But uprooting the family from his native Colorado to Maryland is a bit unsettling, he said. So is leaving the the folks he has worked with at the Secretary of State’s office, particularly Danny Casias, Jessi Romero and Dwight Shellman.
“It was the best team I have ever worked with and I am grateful to have been a part of this team,” Lovato wrote in an e-mail today, his last day, to the entire SOS staff. “I am blessed to have been able to work here, and am proud of what we have accomplished over the past 10 years. Thank you to all who have contributed to my personal and professional development. God bless.”
The feeling is mutual, as you can tell by these tweets from Shellman, the SOS’ county support manager: