San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Bob Page is heading to Orange County to supervise elections there, Orange County announced Monday, Feb. 7.
Page has managed San Bernardino County’s elections since July 2018, when he was named interim registrar. His predecessor, Michael Scarpello, was resigned in July 2018 after he raised concerns about election security heading into the 2020 election, which county officials at the time said was not the reason for his departure. Page got the job permanently in May 2019.
“Bob Page has been an outstanding Registrar of Voters,” San Bernardino County CEO Leonard X. Hernandez said in a written statement Monday. “We congratulate him, and he will be missed. Bob is a testament to San Bernardino County’s ability to develop internal talent.”
Prior to his appointment by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Page served as principal management analyst for the county’s administrative office. He grew up in Orange County, but worked in San Bernardino County for more than 20 years, including as chief of staff to two members of the Board of Supervisors, director of marketing and business development at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and as liaison to the U.S. Forest Service during the Old and Grand Prix fires, among other roles.
Page’s last day as San Bernardino County’s registrar will be Feb. 24. In Orange County, he will be replacing Neal Kelley, who retires March 10. The overlap is intended to allow the two men to aid in the transition process in Orange County.
“I see this professionally as a great opportunity to continue to grow in the elections field, but specifically because Neal was there for so long and did an amazing job, he leaves an amazing operation and amazing team that I’m looking forward to working with to continue to provide excellent service to the community,” Page said Monday.
As for San Bernardino County’s upcoming elections, Hernandez said there’s nothing for voters to worry about.
“The county has a deep pool of gifted, talented leaders, including a great team at the Registrar of Voters, to ensure the county will continue to conduct fair, accessible, efficient, and transparent elections during the transition to a new registrar,” he wrote.
No timeline for appointing a successor was announced Monday.
The elections office handles local and countywide elections in a county with more than 1.1 million registered voters.
Staff writer Alicia Robinson contributed to this story.