Mitchell, through her attorney Marvin Devlin, declined comment. Fulton County also declined comment, citing its policy of not publicly discussing lawsuits and personnel matters.
The 2012 election prompted a state investigation into Fulton County Department of Elections and Registrations, the department that oversees elections. It concluded the department lacked leadership, organization and training.
Mitchell, a long-time employee, was elevated to interim director months before the 2012 election. The former Elections Director Sam Westmoreland resigned in September 2012 after his arrest following allegations that he had violated the conditions of his probation on a 2009 charge of driving under the influence.
Initially, the lawsuit notes, Fulton County stood behind Mitchell and defended the department’s performance following the 2012 election. That changed after the state investigation and Fulton County’s internal probe.
Mitchell’s lawsuit claims she was continually told her performance was satisfactory until June 2013, when Fulton hired Richard Barron as elections director. Less than a month later, the lawsuit says, Barron fired Mitchell.
Barron continues to serve as elections director. Fulton experienced no notable problems when voters returned to the polls this spring for the 2014 primaries.