Barrow County’s elections supervisor has resigned to become the assistant elections supervisor in Gwinnett County.
Kristi Royston submitted her resignation Tuesday. Her last day is Dec. 31, her sixth anniversary with the county government.
The loss of Royston is certain to be a blow to the county, which also lost longtime voter registrar Jeannine Hardigree to early retirement in July in connection with the county’s recent reduction in force.
Royston has worked for the county for six years. Hardigree had worked for the county for 28 years.
That leaves only one employee at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration as the department prepares for county, state and congressional elections in November 2010. The department also has recently taken over the management of Auburn’s and Winder’s municipal elections.
Katie Ferm, the assistant elections supervisor, has worked for the county since 2005.
Royston said she applied for the Gwinnett County job because of the opportunity to grow professionally.
“It will take me to a bigger level,” she said. “I’ll be managing more staff, and the volume of work will be a lot bigger.”
When the HELL are you people going to wake up ?
Katie Ferm is very competent, but she will need qualified people with her. She cannot do it by herself. Don't blame her if she left too. I just do not see qualified employees being hired/utilized as the situation stands now.
I've known Jeannine Hardegree for a number of years and she is a very dedicated, honest and competent Voter Registrar Barrow County have. Her resignation is a blow to already under staff Registrar office. Anyone who is replacing her is filling a BIG shoes. Jeannine, I hope you enjoy your retirement and we all miss you. God bless you.