One of the two remaining members of the three-person Board of Elections in Rockdale County resigned earlier this week and was replaced, according to an announcement by the Rockdale Republican Party.
Hilda Westmoreland, who had served on the BOE as the Republican member since June 2009, submitted a letter of resignation on Monday, citing family responsiblities. She was replaced by Lynn Brown, a paralegal by profession who served as the Chairman of the Foster Care Review Panel for about 10 years.
"Lynn is an extremely qualified person whose main concern is to ensure our elections remain fair. We have the upmost confidence in our Supervisor of Elections, and realize that office must be supported by reasonable members of the board of elections," said Rockdale County Republican Party Chairman Kellie Pharr. "We're very thankful Lynn has joined our party and is willing to offer her support immediately. Lynn has been attending the Board of Elections meetings for quite some time, and understands the process."
The Democratic member on the BOE is Garvin Haynes.
The third seat, traditionally filled by a non-partisan member, was previously held by board Chairman Don Cargill who retired on April 30 after 18 years of service. A search for the third member was re-opened after it ended in a stalemate earlier this month when the Democratic member and Republican member could not agree on the final selection.
This round of the search for candidates for BOE member has no close date for applicants and the interview process will reportedly be public, according to Haynes.