The transition to a new Dickson County Election Commission began Tuesday night with the official transfer of possession of the keys to the ballot boxes. One member from each party maintains possession of a set of keys to each of the boxes that are used to transport ballots from polling places and both keys are needed to unlock each box on election nights. The keys had been held by Mary Jane Stark for the Republicans and Marie Fossie for the Democrats. With Fossie retiring and Stark not being reappointed after four years, the keys had to be counted and transferred to new members at Tuesday night’s commission meeting. Fossie transferred her set of keys to new member Allen C. Johnson. Stark transferred her keys to current Chairman Jack Garton, who was reappointed to a full two-year term late Monday. Johnson was the only newly appointed member present Tuesday as Republicans Kory Harvey and Tim White, who were appointed late Monday, were not in attendance. Stark and Phyllis Burt’s terms were held over until Harvey and White complete and turn in their signed oaths. Following Tuesday’s brief meeting, the election commission and staff held a reception honoring Fossie for her eight years of service. “The election team has been a strong and committed team,” Administrator of Elections Linda Medley said in an email. “We have achieved so much in such a short time. Even though it is so sad to see accomplished team members go, at the same time, it is exciting to have new members bring their expertise to the 2013-15 team.” Garton scheduled a special meeting of the new election commission for 5:30 pm Tuesday to organize and elect officers. A chairman and secretary will be elected and must come from different parties. Fossie had served as secretary and that position likely will pass on to Democrat Melba Isom, who was also reappointed and becomes the longest tenured member of the commission having been appointed in March 2010. “I’ve enjoyed working with the commission. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve made some good friends,” Fossie said at her final meeting Tuesday.