Stacey Godfrey (left) and Rhonda Waggoner were officially hired as Elections Supervisor and Administrative Assistant, respectively, at the Board of Elections called meeting July 15th. Both Godfrey and Waggoner began their duties on Monday.
By Larry Cavender
The new Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration officially hired both an Elections Supervisor and Administrative Assistant at their called meeting held on Thursday, July 15th. Both assumed their duties the following Monday.
At the board's first ever meeting on July 1st, Chair Josh Tippens had announced Stacey Godfrey as the board's choice for Elections Supervisor. Godfrey was officially hired with a unanimous vote from the board members after a required waiting period.
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 Chamber of Commerce Leadership School and served as a chamber ambassador as well as on the chamber's steering committee.
Godfrey also worked for the Pickens County Progress from March of 2008 until January of 2019 at which time she began employment with the Pickens County Government most recently as Administrative Coordinator for Planning & Development.
At the meeting, Board Chairman Josh Tippens announced that Rhonda Waggoner was the board's choice for Administrative Assistant, and in a subsequent vote, she was hired without opposition by the board members.
Waggoner is a 2003 graduate of Pickens High School and for 17 years worked with Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. In 2020, she earned her EMT license and has been serving in that capacity during the past year. She is married and has two sons. After she was hired, Waggoner told the Progress, "I enjoy serving this community and I'm excited to start this new journey."
Both Godfrey and Waggoner were chosen from a pool of five candidates for employment who were interviewed during an executive session of the board on July 1st. Chairman Tippens said he was impressed with the qualifications of all five of the finalists and believed the new Elections Supervisor and Administrative Assistant are extremely well-qualified and that the board is looking forward to working with them.
In another business matter, the board approved a new "public comments policy." While the Georgia Open Meetings Act does not make provisions for public participation during a meeting, Tippens said that Pickens County citizens will be invited to address the board at all regular meetings.
The newly-adopted policy states that citizens will be given five minutes to make their comments, they may speak only once during a meeting, and they may submit additional concerns in writing to the members of the board. No one will be permitted to become personally abusive to individual board members, board employees, or any other audience member. Public participation will not exceed 30 minutes in total. The board will not respond to comments or questions posed by citizens in the presentations but will take those comments and questions under advisement.