Elections board elects officers

By Greg Gelpi

Less than an hour into its first official meeting, the Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration experienced its first minor controversy.

Trying to wrap things up under an hour, the board began tabling issues for time's sake, but Cee Cee Anderson, a former poll manager, interjected.

Anderson questioned the board, which had only minutes earlier selected officers, as to why she was let go as a poll manager.

Unsure as to the details of the situation and needing to handle the nearing election, the board adjourned the meeting at 5:17 p.m.

The board left the issue unresolved as they prepared for the runoff election between Pamela Ferguson and Clay Davis for Clayton County Probate Judge, which is set for Oct. 7.

With little discussion, the board chose Roberta Abdul-Salaam as its chairwoman 3-2. The four remaining members were also chosen for offices: Arthur Thompson as vice chairman, Ruth Ash as secretary, Bob Bolia as treasurer and George Sligh as parliamentarian in its only official action.

The board will reconvene Oct. 14 for a work session to discuss adopting bylaws.

Until a new superintendent of elections is hired, Sonja Casey, Clayton County registrar of voters, will continue to serve as interim superintendent as named by the Clayton County Commission.

The newly formed board assumed the authority of the probate judge in overseeing elections, while pulling in the Clayton County Registrar of Voters Office under its purview, after the county outgrew its ability to run elections under the probate judge's office.