Locke was modest about her honor, which she received Tuesday from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
“It truly is an honor. I’m humbled and stunned,” Locke said.
For the last 11 years, she has been the director of the board of elections. Locke worked in the county recorder’s office for the previous 18 years.
Locke, in a Facebook post, said “those of you who know me well know I just try to do the best job I can and work hard.”
“That is something I learned early from my parents,” she added.
The annual awards are given to one Democrat and one Republican in recognition of their notable and positive contributions to the profession of elections administration in their county and the state.
The recipient of the 2018 Republican Ohio Election Official of the Year Award is from a neighboring county — Jim Ehrman, director of the Seneca County Board of Elections. He has overseen the creation of a balanced budget and improved overall financial stewardship. Additionally, Ehrman took the lead in securing a larger and updated office space for the board of elections.
“Every board is eligible to nominate one,” Locke said.
The presentations were made at the 2018 Ohio Secretary of State Summer Conference in Columbus.
“Ohio is fortunate to have some of the most dedicated and hardworking elections officials in the country. The individuals recognized today are among some of the best and lead by example,” Husted said in a prepared statement.
“Ms. Locke leads by example in the office and is committed to running all elections with efficiency and accuracy. This has been proven by her leadership during the process of receiving funding for new voting machines and her drive in implementing electronic poll books.”