Carbon County is in need of a new elections director.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board sadly accepted the resignation of Timothy A. Benyo of Breinigsville, the director of the Carbon County Bureau of Elections. His resignation is effective Jan. 29.

"It was a great experience working for Carbon County and serving the people of the county for seven years," Benyo said during a phone interview. "I thank the commissioners for giving me the opportunity to advance my career."

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said Benyo accepted the position of director of elections at Lehigh County.

"Tim is a good guy and we wish him luck," O'Gurek said.

Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Charles Getz also said they are sad to see him go.

Nothstein said he hopes that the county will be able to find someone as knowledgeable as Benyo to fill the position.

"He was doing a fantastic job," he said, adding that it's hard for the county to keep some positions filled because it is competing against larger counties that pay better.

Getz echoed Nothstein's thoughts, extending his congratulations to Benyo on a job well done and wishes him luck in his future endeavors.

Benyo was named to the director position after Kenneth Leffler, former director of elections, retired on April 3, 2009.

Benyo's employment history with Carbon County began on Jan. 27, 2003, when he was hired as a computer technician. On Jan. 1, 2007, he was named as the IT specialist for the county's Information Technology department.

The county will now be looking to fill the position, but no official announcements on the naming of a new director have been made.