COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Phil Johnson as Board of Elections chairman during its Oct. 1 meeting.
Johnson, local attorney, felt "excited to have been chosen" for chairman.
"I believe there is no more fundamental and essential institution supporting our democracy than fair and open elections of our officials," he said. "The protection of our election mechanism is paramount. I will endeavor to act with that in mind. I know that even though you all seek office on the ticket of one of the two political parties, you serve our county as citizens interested only in the best interest of our community and fellow citizens. I will do the same.
"I understand that in tackling this new position I am following in the footsteps of the honorable and capable Hugh Steele, and that I have much to learn. I look forward to working with the staff and fellow members of the Newton County Board of Elections to continue the high standard he set in the maintenance of our election system in Newton County."
Johnson is set to take over for former Chairman Hugh Steele, whose resignation letter became effective Oct. 1 after more than 21 years of service.