Though he had initially planned to resign May 21, Mace said, he agreed to stay on through July 2 to give Democrats more time to find a replacement.
In the meantime, Pell-deChame has been hired as a temporary clerk at the Board of Elections to become more familiar with the office before he becomes commissioner.
"He'll have plenty of guidance from the State Board [of Elections]," said Mace. "It's not all that complicated except for the new machine issues this year."
"He's a very smart guy, and I'm sure that he will be more than capable of doing a good job as commissioner," Mace added.