Gabrione named by GOP to serve as elections board assistant director
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent January 2, 2013 6:14PM
Updated: February 4, 2013 2:47PM
CROWN POINT — Elections board member Patrick Gabrione has been tapped to replace Nick Gasparovic as the assistant Board of Elections director when Gasparovic retires later this month.
Lake County Republican Party Chairman Kim Krull made the announcement Wednesday.
“Nick has talked about retiring for a couple of years now. I was always able to persuade him to put it off a little longer,” Krull said in a statement.
She said she expects Gasparovic to remain active within the Republican Party. Gasporavic’s retirement comes on the heels of the retirement of Elections Board Director Sally LaSota, who retired effective Dec. 31. LaSota is being replaced by Michelle Fajman, deputy chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party.
Gabrione is the longest serving member of the Board of Elections and also has served as the chairman of the Schererville GOP.
“Pat has a keen sense about politics and elections. He has been responsible for advancing a lot of the reforms we have done through the Board of Elections this past year,” Krull said.
She said Gabrione has played a major role in many of the projects she has implemented in the past three years and described Gabrione as someone who comes up with solutions instead of problems.
“Those are the kind of people that make any organization successful,” Krull said.
A date for Gasparovic’s retirement has not yet been set.