Hall County officials have started the process of looking for a new county elections superintendent, filling a position that has remained vacant for more than two years.
Charlotte Sosebee, who had worked at the Hall County Elections office since 1989, resigned in November 2016 to accept a similar position in Athens-Clarke County.
Since that time, Hall County Human Resources Director Bill Moats has been overseeing the Hall elections department. County officials have been looking at the department structure and assessing community needs before committing to a permanent superintendent, according to a media release from Hall County Public Information Officer Katie Crumley.
"Bill and the entire elections department staff have done an outstanding job of making sure that the election process works seamlessly," Hall County Administrator Jock Connell stated in the release. "As we've had the opportunity to review the operations of the department, we have decided that it does warrant a full-time superintendent, solely devoted to all functions related to a successful election process."
Current and projected growth in the county made filling the slot a necessity, according to Connell.
While Moats has handled the superintendent responsibilities, Dr. Tom Smiley was named Hall County Board of Elections Chairman last summer. Sosebee had served as chairman of the board in addition to superintendent.
"I'm really looking forward now to establishing the board as being more of a broad policy based aspect of the work, and really allowing the superintendent and the staff to really handle the actual day-to-day process of the election," Smiley said.
Interested candidates may apply for the superintendent position on the Hall County website.
"The timeframe is, I hope, sooner than later, but we know that it's best to get it right, than to get it quick," Smiley said. "I am confident that our administration is going to really be diligent in securing the right person for this particular new assignment."