Columbia County’s Board of Elections will meet Wednesday to begin the process of selecting a successor to retired Director Deborah Marshall.
The board received 45 applications for the position by the Friday, Jan. 25 deadline, said Board Chairman Larry Long.
“I’ll be presenting them to the board tomorrow,” he said, adding that he hasn’t reviewed them all but that he expects many of the applications to be winnowed out as unqualified.
“As I understand it, that is normally what they experience is that the initial group usually is not as impressive as those that will come in mostly at the last minute,” he said.
The position, as advertised, has a pay range of $53,718 to $80,576.
Marshall, who has been at home since having surgery on a malignant brain tumor last April, retired at the end of December.
The board hopes to name her successor by the end of February, Long said.
While there are no county elections scheduled this year, the elections office will coordinate the special election to replace Grovetown City Council member Jennifer Jones, who recently resigned, and this fall’s Harlem city council elections.