Gwinnett County elections supervisor leaving to take job with firm that printed county’s 2020 absentee ballots | Information

Gwinnett County’s elections board shall be searching for a brand new elections supervisor for the second time in lower than two years.

The county’s present elections supervisor, Kristi Royston, lately submitted her letter of resignation to the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections — practically a yr and a half after she was appointed to the job completely after holding it on an interim foundation.

Royston’s final day as Gwinnett’s elections supervisor shall be March 17. The elections board is ready to carry a particular referred to as assembly at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the county’s elections workplace in Lawrenceville.

“Those that sat on the board after I was promoted are conscious that I actually did not need the job of elections supervisor,” she stated in her resignation letter. “I went into the place as a result of I felt that employees wanted somebody they trusted to work with them 2020. I knew I wanted somebody I trusted too.

“None of us knew what 2020 was going to carry our means. There have been some bumps alongside the way in which, however total, we did an ideal job. We made enhancements and strides of which we are able to all be proud.”

Royston informed the board that she goes to work for New York-based Fort Orange Press, the corporate that printed Gwinnett’s absentee ballots final yr.

The county used Fort Orange Press as a substitute of an Arizona-based distributors a lot of the remainder of the state was utilizing to print and ship out absentee ballots as a result of Gwinnett is the one county in Georgia that’s required federal guidelines to supply elections supplies in each English and Spanish. The state’s vendor didn’t make absentee poll envelops massive sufficient to suit directions in each English and Spanish in a font dimension that was massive sufficient to learn, in order that county contracted with Fort Orange Press as a substitute.

Royston will function a buyer satisfaction consultant for Fort Orange Press’ shoppers in Georgia.

“I’m each excited for this new alternative in addition to unhappy to go away Gwinnett County authorities,” Royston stated in her resignation letter. “Throughout my time right here, I’ve discovered a lot and grown each professionally and personally. The county could be very lucky to have the voter registrations and elections employees that it does. They’re an incredible group of people that accomplish wonderful issues.”

Royston was the elections division’s deputy director earlier than she was appointed the interim director in July 2019, when former supervisor Lynn Ledford was moved to a particular tasks position within the county’s Division of Neighborhood Providers. 

Royston had been the deputy director underneath Ledford for a few decade previous to being named the interim director. She was named the everlasting elections supervisor in September 2019, after a search that started in April of that yr and lasted about 5 months.

Previous to her work for Gwinnett, Royston labored for the Secretary of State’s Workplace when Cathy Cox held that workplace, and later served as a clerk in Athens-Clarke County’s elections workplace after which as elections director for Barrow County.

“My work with Fort Orange Press will permit me to assist elections directors all through the state offering nice merchandise and permitting them alternatives to raised handle their obligations,” Royston stated. “I can even be supporting honest and safe elections to all voters within the counties who companion with us.”

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