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County to look for new elections chief as Whitehead retires

POSTED: December 26, 2013 5:52 p.m.

Effingham County will be looking for a new elections supervisor.


The position became open when Gail Whitehead said she will be retiring but also announced she will is willing to assist the county’s elections department through the next time the polls will be open.


The partisan primaries are set for May 20, 2014.


The vacancy has been announced and according to the job posting, the board of commissioners’ office receives the application. The board of elections, though, supervises the position.


“It’s a little unclear who does the interviews, and who does the hiring,” said interim county administrator Toss Allen.


The elections and registrars office was split off from the probate court in 2006, after the question to do so was placed on a referendum. The board of elections was formed in 2007.


Until a permanent replacement for Whitehead is found, Olivia Morgan will serve as the acting director.


“She will be the one appointed to do the day-to-day duties,” Allen said.


Allen said he will find out from elections board member Tommy Allen what Whitehead will do for the department through the next election and what her expected compensation will be.


Whitehead was the first supervisor of the new elections and registration department.


Under the job description, the position may include the storage, repair and maintenance of voting equipment, assisting in making plans, maps and statistics, and supervising the recruitment, payment and assignment of elections workers.


Candidates are asked to have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field, with three years of experience or training that includes elections. No closing date for the job has been announced.


The county also has begun advertising for a permanent fire chief. Jack Burnsed has been serving as the interim chief.

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