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Election Commission votes to keep Holden

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The six month probation for Shelby County Election Administrator Rich Holden wrapped up in a nearly four-hour meeting on Wednesday.

It was a meeting that many compared to a trial.

Two hours before beginning an evaluation of Holden's probation task list, County Commissioner George Monger accused Administrator Rich Holden and fellow management of hiding information from reports given to commissioners.

Monger says he obtained emails from an open records request in which he says Holden stated certain information on the original reports did not have to be mentioned to election commissioners.

"This is no attempt, this is what the facts show. The facts show staff submitted a document to the administrator the administrator responded back I got your PDF, addressed the items in the report then said remove the Ross report," says Monger.

A fellow commissioner asked Dennis Boyce with Election Computer Systems Analysis if he's ever been asked by Holden to hide information; after he replied that he had not, Monger said he was lying because he was in front of his boss.

This unveiling caused Chairman Robert Meyers to call a five minute recess – that lasted 15 minutes – before finally getting to the evaluation of Holden's probation period. Monger asked for a motion calling for Holden's resignation; it failed 2-3 with Monger and Commissioner Norma Lester being the lone votes in favor of the resignation.

"I don't think I'm the focus. I think what's the focus is doing a great quality job for the voter and we need to maintain that focus of doing a great quality job for the voters, and that's what I do every day," says Holden.

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