Twyla Hart, previously the county’s voter registration supervisor, was appointed interim director until further notice, and she will oversee the county’s elections on Nov. 2. Hart has been with the DeKalb elections department for nearly two decades.
“The Board looks forward to launching a national search for a permanent executive director,” Lowman Smith’s statement said. “We are grateful to our partners, stakeholders, and voters for your ongoing support and engagement as we navigate this period of transition and strive to deliver a seamless November election.”
During Thursday’s meeting, Lowman Smith said she and Hart agreed her stint as interim director would not last long beyond this election cycle. The board will seek one or two temporary employees to fill the role of director until a nationwide search can be conducted and a permanent director and deputy director hired. The board will further discuss its hiring further at its meeting next Wednesday.
On Nov. 2 voters will cast ballots in dozens of city races and a countywide vote on renewing the education sales tax that funds projects for local schools. Counties are also in the process of implementing changes related to Georgia’s new elections law.