Last week the Election Assistance Commission announced that Tom Wilkey will be the federal agency's executive director. According to a story in New York's Newsday, Wilkey will be paid $131,400 per year and begins his four year term on June 20th.
Mr. Wilkey has long been involved with election institutions such as the Election Center and NASED, the National Association of State Election Directors. Up until recently, these two institutions were responsible for overseeing federal testing of voting equipment, often in a nontransparent manner, much to the disappointment of election verification activists. Hopefully in his new role Mr. Wilkey will be more responsive to the public's need for accountability and transparency in voting systems and voting system qualification.
According to the Newsday article, Mr Wilkey also has "served as executive director of New York's state board from 1992-2003 and has worked in election administration for 34 years, starting his career in Buffalo as an elections clerk for Erie County."