Macon-Bibb Electoral Council in transition – Reuters
The Supervisor of Elections says she quit due to the stressful nature of her job.
MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT)—Jeanetta Watson has officially stepped down as Macon-Bibb County Supervisor of Elections. His resignation letter says the overwhelming stress of the job has taken a toll on his mental health.
Darius Maynard, chairman of the Bibb Board of Elections, said Watson felt it was time to move on to new opportunities.
“We certainly thank her for her leadership throughout these elections,” he said. “And all those years of helping our office be one of the best in the state.”
The Board of Elections has appointed Tom Gillon as Acting Supervisor of Elections. Gillon has worked full-time with the Board of Elections since 2013. He says he’s flattered the Board chose him to temporarily serve in Watson’s role, and he plans to lead the office until the Board appoints a substitute.
“The staff here, they know their job, they know their job better than I know their job,” he said. “So we’ve done so many elections before, and so I’m not really worried about that.”
Maynard says they will be opening an application for the election supervisor position and hope to find someone within the next month.
He says the ideal candidate has a strong work ethic, is impartial and can pick up where Watson left off.
“Jeanetta brought us to a great place,” he said. “And so hopefully the next person can take us even further in terms of technology and efficiency and things of that nature.”
Gillon says Watson’s resignation was unexpected but he understood his decision.
“She was a fantastic supervisor, a good person, and she will be greatly missed,” he said.
In her resignation letter, Watson also said that not having an assistant contributed to her decision to quit her job. With major elections on the horizon this year, the Board is eager to fill this high-level position.