At today's work session, the Caddo Parish Commission will discuss the process of hiring a new Registrar of Voters. Last week, it came out that Ernie Roberson is stepping down from the post. Roberson has been on the job since 1990. What many in the community may not realize is that Registrar of Voters is not an elected position, but a lifetime appointment that comes with a large salary.

Commissioner Mario Chavez says this is one of the most important positions in the Parish because the person appointed is in charge of making sure our elections are run fairly and smoothly. Chavez went on to say that whoever gets the job needs to have unquestioned integrity.

We've heard from several people associated with the Commission that dozens and dozens of people are interested in the job. Chavez says the job is a lifetime appointment and comes with a large salary (from what we've found, over $100,000 a year), and that has piqued a lot of people's interests.

While details about the hiring process are still being ironed out, here is what's required to become the next Caddo Registrar of Voters:

a) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and two years of full-time, professional work experience.
b) An associate degree from an accredited institution and four years of full-time, professional work experience.
c) Seven years of full-time, professional work experience.
d) Five years of full-time employment in a registrar’s office in Louisiana.