Smith said the commissioners haven’t yet determined exactly when they will make that appointment. “We have not considered a date,” he said. The appointment will have to be placed on a meeting agenda and be voted on by the county commissioners before it can take effect. Asked who will run the office after Barker’s retirement becomes effective Thursday, the commissioners said they will let county clerk employees Hope Trammell and Cindy Young run the office until they appoint someone to the interim county clerk’s post.
“They’re both first deputies,” Rogers said. Trammell is chief deputy of the county clerk’s office, while Cindy Young is payroll deputy, according to Barker. The election for a new county clerk will be considered a special election if it is placed on the ballot in 2014 as planned.
Although it will be a special election, the commissioners plan to place it on the ballot along with other county and state offices which will be up for election in two years. Contact James Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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