CROWN POINT | Lake County Elections Director Sally LaSota will retire next month.
Michelle Fajman, the outgoing county recorder, will replace her, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., the county's Democratic chairman, said Friday, during the swearing-in ceremony for county officials starting their new terms of office.
LaSota has directed the bipartisan county elections and voter registration staff since 1997. She previously served in the early 1990s as the top civilian aide to the sheriff under the administration of the late Stephen R. Stiglich.
Fajman has 21 years of experience as an elections supervisor for the county. She and LaSota worked together for many years until late in 2010 when a Democratic caucus named her county recorder.
Democrat Michael B. Brown defeated Fajman in last spring's party primary and was sworn in as recorder Friday.
Other officials who took the oath of office include: Lake County Surveyor George Van Til, Commissioner Michael Repay, Coroner Merrilee Frey and County Councilman David Hamm.