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New elections board wastes no time getting to business


     Stacey Godfrey has been selected as the finalist for the Pickens Elections Supervisor. The Pickens County Board of Elections can officially hire her in two weeks after the required waiting period. 


By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


Within days of being appointed, the new Pickens County Board of Elections got down to business. On July 1st, the very first day their positions became effective, board members held their first public meeting, first executive session, and named their choice for the new elections supervisor.

At the evening public meeting, Board Chair Josh Tippens said that during the executive session held earlier that afternoon the board selected Stacey Godfrey as finalist for elections supervisor. One of five

candidates who applied for the position, Godfrey was chosen to replace former supervisor Julianne Roberts who resigned in April. There is a required waiting period of two weeks before Godfrey can officially be hired, but the new board is expected to hire her at their next meeting on July 15th.

Godfrey is a 2002 graduate of Pickens High School and also attended Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee Technical College. She is a graduate of the Pickens Chamber of Commerce Leadership Pickens program, and served as a Chamber ambassador and on the Chamber's steering committee. A former employee of the Pickens County Progress, she worked at the newspaper from March of 2008 until January of 2019. Most recently, Godfrey worked for the Pickens County planning  and development office as a planning assistant and later as the administrative coordinator for planning and development. 

Of Godfrey, Chairman Tippens said, "We are very excited to bring Ms. Godfrey on board. She has a long history of working in our community, not only in her profession but also on a volunteer basis. She is also a longtime resident of Pickens County, so we know her dedication to our community will be driven by a desire to see it thrive. The board is very excited to see her move into the new role and to begin working as soon as possible." 

Another item on the board's agenda was a discussion of new bylaws for the local board of elections. This was made necessary by recently passed legislation which abolished previous bylaws and required all boards to enact new ones. However, Chairman Tippens is using the county's previous bylaws and adapting them as needed. He added, with only a few adaptations, the previous bylaws will easily meet the new mandates. Tippens said he hoped the new bylaws will be finalized and adopted within the next month.

The board also approved the renaming of the building at 83 Pioneer Road from the "Pickens Voter Registration Office" to the "Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration Office."

In addition to Tippens, the new board members are Rebecca Cantrell, Mike Carver, Barbara Ledom-Balducci, and Tracey Wright.