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Elections director released from hospital

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 12:42pm  |  Updated: July 1, 2012 - 12:06am

Columbia County’s elections director has been released from the hospital where she was treated for a brain tumor and now is at home.

Deborah Marshall, 48, had been in Medical College of Georgia Hospital since April 6, when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a malignant brain tumor.

Since surgery to remove the bulk of the tumor on April 9, Marshall had been recovering at the hospital and underwent radiation therapy.

County Administrator Scott Johnson on Tuesday said the radiation therapy had been completed, and Marshall is now at home and continuing to recover.

Messages to Marshall’s husband, Lee Marshall, were not immediately returned.

Discussion of Marshall’s condition arose during a meeting between Johnson and other county department heads who were considering possible changes to the county’s pension plans for employees.

Some of the officials noted that employees have donated a portion of their accrued leave to Marshall while she is unable to work, and that more employees are prepared to donate if she needs additional time.

County workers also held a cookout that raised more than $16,000 to support her family.

The county’s Board of Elections has not appointed an interim director in her absence, and instead intends to wait until later in the summer, after the July 31 primary election, to discuss the issue, Johnson has said.

Marshall has been a county employee since 1984, and was appointed executive director in 2000.

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