LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Elections at its Monday meeting named an emergency appointment to the position of assistant executive director.
Lindsey Villela, who has worked in several aspects of county elections for two years, will serve in the position until after the November elections. Advertisement for the position will be suspended until late November.
The position has been open since Jerry Johnson, who served as assistant director for seven years, died on Aug. 26 after a brief illness.
Elections director Dell Parker told the board that going through the process of hiring a new assistant director was not something the department could handle at this time.
“At this point, hiring someone with no experience at all would actually be a hindrance to me, not a help,” she said.
Villela has previously worked to set up precincts on Election Day and to administer one-stop voting and voter registration. She has also previously worked in Johnson’s position during a leave of absence.
Parker said she will also utilize the assistance of Clarice Holmes during the current election season. Holmes has worked with the office for more than 40 years.
The Scotland County Board of Elections operates under the auspices of the state Board of Elections to conduct local elections, operate voting sites, maintain voter registration lists and manage other aspects of election administration.
Also at the meeting, the board discussed its voter registration drive, mandated in a proclamation by Gov. Pat McCrory naming September “Citizens Awareness Month.” The drive must take place at Scotland County High School, and Parker told the board that it would happen during a lunch period. A date has not yet been set.