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Assistant registrar hired
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Dawson County has a new assistant registrar to help out with elections.

Chief Registrar Glenda Ferguson announced that, starting Monday, long-time county employee Rachelle Thurmond would be taking the place left by former Assistant Registrar Karen Armstrong.

Armstrong left the position to pursue a career at the University of North Georgia, working with the cadets.

Seventy seven applicants were filtered down to the top nine who were interviewed. Finally, the top four were brought before and interviewed by the Dawson County Board of Elections. The top two were reviewed by Ferguson and eventually Thurmond was hired.

"We looked for someone that could fit into this position," Ferguson said. "We wanted to make sure they could fit the position of registrar, too, if necessary. We cross train the [chief and assistant registrar] positions."

The position also required the new hire to be a "people person," detail oriented and a multi-tasker.

Ferguson said the Dawson County native was chosen due to her experience and knowledge of the county.

"Rachelle was seasoned on the internal workings of the county. It came down between her and a poll manager for Forsyth County," she said. "They were both experienced, but Rachelle lived locally and had experience in Dawson County."

Thurmond, a wife and mother of two grown sons, worked as the coordinator at the senior center for five years before taking a position with the facilities department.

"I was excited when they called," Thurmond said. "My family roots are here. This is my home. I love Dawson County and everything that it has to offer."

Ferguson said she received nothing but positive comments about Thurmond from past employers and coworkers.

"I have gotten nothing but rave reviews from people about Rachelle. The guys that worked with her said I couldn't have gotten any better and that she would do a great job," she said. "I feel certain of that. I think she's going to be a good fit."

Thurmond said she is looking forward to being in such a trusted position.

"It's an honor to have this position. I know it's an important position for the county," she said. "I hope it'll bring a great opportunity for growth, personally and career wise."