During one of the most hectic times of the year, the Montgomery County Board of Elections was facing an upcoming election without a director. Previous Director Donna Johnson resigned at the end of January due to political infighting, and since that time the board has been looking to hire a new director. Former Board of Elections Deputy Director Amy Roberts applied for the position after Johnson resigned saying she wanted to be the director since the beginning. Roberts got her wish as she was elected the director by the local Board of Elections.
Roberts said she knows that being director is no easy task and will require a lot of training, but she is up for the challenge. She noted that since her first day at the Board of Elections office, things haven’t been the easiest. “On my first day as deputy director I went to a board meeting that night and that was the night former director, Martha Griego, announced her retirement.” Griego was with Roberts for three months training her on the how to’s of the elections office. When Johnson was hired, Roberts said she got even more training especially when it came to new election technology. “Donna knew a lot about the technology and trained me on it. She brought about the process of getting our board into the twenty-first century. And, I’m here to finish that.”
Not only has Roberts been catching up on processes with registered voters, absentee voters, precinct workers and budgets, she has also been attending state training seminars and evolving her knowledge on the new changes happening with this year’s election. “And Donna has been a blessing. She has been so great to call and get help. And, now, since she’s been gone, I can call her and let her know things she wouldn’t know… That’s how fast things change,” stated Roberts.
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