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Dawson County BOE begins search for new District 4 representative
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Dawson County School System officials are now searching for candidates to fill the Board of Education’s District 4 seat, which was held for decades by local leader Roger Slaton until his death this June. 

At the board’s meeting held this week officials said that anyone living in District 4 interested in filling the seat should send an email, along with a copy of their resume, to Superintendent Damon Gibbs by Aug. 13, 2021. 

According to Board of Education Chairwoman Elaine Wilson, the board will review interested applicants and will make an appointment. The appointee will then fill the position until the seat is up for re-election in November 2022. 

“Whomever we appoint, and we plan on appointing them I think at the September meeting, whoever that person is will serve in that seat until the next general election,” Wilson said. “Then they will be expected to run for that seat if they wanna continue on.” 

The procedure will be similar to when board member Nathan Ingram was appointed in 2020, but the seat will represent District 4.

“This is a specific District 4 position,” Gibbs said. “That information is available on the elections website, but if there’s any questions about that we’re gonna recommend that folks call the elections office to verify.” 

Wilson said that, while Slaton was a very important member of the community who left very big shoes to fill, she and the rest of the board will do everything in their power to find the best person to take over for him. 

“We’ve been hit by a devastating blow by the loss of our dear board member that sat right here by me, but we know it’s our job to replace him so this is the procedure that we’re gonna follow,” Wilson said. “We are going to assure you that we will do our very best to pick the best person we can to fill that seat, cause it was filled by a very important person.” 

To apply for the seat, email Superintendent Damon Gibbs at dgibbs@dawson.k12.ga.us. 

For questions about District 4 residency, call the Dawson County Board of Elections at (706) 344-3640.