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.