updated: 2/4/2012 10:00:08 AM
Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed Jerry Bonnet to serve as Secretary of State on an interim basis. The announcement follows the voter fraud conviction of Charlie White. A judge may consider whether White's convictions should be lessened to misdemeanors.
If they remain felonies, Daniels says the appointment of Bonnet, who has worked in the Secretary of State's office since 2005, will be made permanent.
State law prohibits people convicted of a felony to remain in office.
February 4, 2012
Statement From Governor Daniels
“Effective immediately, I have appointed Jerry Bonnet, a Secretary of State employee since 2005, and currently chief deputy, to serve as Secretary of State on an interim basis. This is an exceptionally busy time in the Secretary of State’s office as signatures for president, U.S. Senate and governor are being certified this month. Jerry, a Yorktown native, has agreed to serve until I either select someone else to serve the remainder of the current term or until the prior occupant is reinstated.
“I have chosen not to make a permanent appointment today out of respect for the judge’s authority to lessen the verdict to a misdemeanor and reinstate the elected office holder. If the felony convictions are not altered, I anticipate making a permanent appointment quickly.
“Jerry Bonnet is a longtime employee who absolutely knows what should be done to provide the effective supervision and oversight the office requires.”
A copy of the appointment letter may be found here: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Press/020412letter.pdf
Source: Office of the Indiana Governor