Elections Chief Dr. Willie Green III leaving after nearly three years. His resignation follows a rough primary election in May.

Elections Chief Dr. Willie Green III leaving after nearly three years. His resignation follows a rough primary election in May.

 

Dr. Willie Green, Floyd County’s elections supervisor, in an earlier photo.

 

Floyd County’s elections and registration supervisor, Dr. Willie Green III, is leaving his post and the county seeks a “chief clerk” to run the department. The search officially closes on Dec. 31, well after the Nov. 6 general election.

The county’s “help wanted” section seeks a candidate to “administer federal, state, and local elections, to register voters, and to supervise the daily operations of the elections office, as directed by the Floyd County Board of Elections Chairperson.”  The position pays a surprisingly low hourly salary of $16.22 to $17.88 or barely $37,200 a year before benefits. A full job description is below.

Green was hired nearly three years ago, replacing longtime elections chief Evon Billups. Green, who earned his doctorate while in Floyd County, previously worked in the Fulton County elections office.

His tenure has been marked by progressive improvements to the elections office and expansion of advance voting locations. Green also has been an asset in communicating election data to the community, especially with daily vote counts during advance voting and even turnout updates through the day of the elections.

But his office and the election board came under fire during the May 22 primary because of problems with the ballot that had county school board candidates listed in city precincts and advance voting stations. Those errors caused excessive delay in issuing vote totals,  including the key superior court judge’s race. The delay created a firestorm in county government with questions asked both of Green and the appointed three-person elections board. But that anger quickly subsided after talks with the legal staff.

What didn’t go away was this:

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office’s opened an investigation into the ballot errors found by local voters during absentee, advance and primary day voting. The error was classified as  “improper distribution of voters,” says Press Secretary Candice Broce.

At issue: The Floyd County Board of Education races were included on some city ballots (Rome has its own school board and school system). There was ample signage at advance voting stations  about the ballot error, cautioning city voters to not cast a ballot in the county school board elections. Those votes were moot anyway. Board members Chip Hood and Tony Daniel earned new terms after no one qualified to run against them in the Republican primary or fall general election.

Among the reasons for the delay in announcing Floyd County election results on Tuesday was the separation of any “wrong” votes from the totals reported to the Secretary of State’s Office. Results were available around 11:10 p.m. May 22 and Floyd was among the last of Georgia’s 159 counties to report results.

Broce says the office has “dedicated law enforcement officers” who will investigate exactly what happened any why. The normal procedure is to conduct the investigation, talk to people involved and others in the voting process and review the overall handling of the issue.

Once concluded, the case will go to the State Elections Board for consideration. Board members will then decide whether to dismiss the claim, whether to basically send letters of reprimand to those involved ordering them not to repeat such procedures or, in some cases, bound the case over the state Attorney General’s office for administrative review.

At last check, the state investigation was continuing. We have calls into Broce at this time for an unrelated matter and hope to have an update later this  morning.

ABOUT THE POST:

ESSENITAL FUNCTIONS: • Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.
• Locates and secures polling precincts; hires poll managers and workers for each polling site; ensures publication of legal advertisements to advertise elections; works closely with poll managers, school officials, and other individuals at poll locations; ensures legal notices are properly filed and posted; ensures adequate facilities are secure; completes and signs legal agreements for property use.
• Conducts poll worker training; ensures training for poll workers on all concepts of the electronic systems such as voting machines, and procedures and processes; prepares training materials; schedules and facilitates training.
• Directs voter registration activities, ballot preparation, election day activities, absentee voting, election reporting, and office administration.
• Maintains various records, including processing voter registration cards, purging and updating voter lists, budget documents, etc.; verifies accuracy of entered data and makes corrections; conducts logic and accuracy testing on optical scan unit, touch screen units, and express polls. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and three years of clerical experience which must include one year of supervision. Must obtain certification as an Elections/Registration Administrator and Georgia Elections Officer, within six months.

Preferred: Proficient knowledge of operating Microsoft-based computer programs.

BENEFITS:
Health/Major Medical, Retirement Paid Sick
Dental, Paid Holidays, Incentive Pay & Longevity Pay
Long Term Disability, Paid Vacation-Annually, Wellness

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