21 apply for Registrar of Voters position


By Carolyn Roy, carolyn@natchitochestimes.com

Twenty-one people have applied for the job of registrar of voters that will be vacant with the retirement of Registrar of Voters Debbie Waskom in January.

They are: Jennae Biddiscombe, Jessie Dunn, Sandy Dunn, Ethel Felder, James Franklin, Kristen Harper, Kendrick Llorens, Tina McCart, Kecia McConathy, Valerie McCoy, Patricia McKnight, Craig Moran, Anitra Moses, Betty Smith, Deborah Tebbetts, Kristen Thompson, Clinton Tipps, Lynda Vance, Anastasia Watson, Markeshia White and Katheryn Wooden-Holden.

Tebbetts is currently the chief deputy.

The registrar will be appointed by Parish Government within 30 days after the date of the vacancy. Until the appointment is made, the chief deputy shall perform the duties. If there is no chief deputy, within 48 hours after the office becomes vacant, Parish Government can appoint a temporary person. If Parish Government neither fills the vacancy, nor has no chief deputy or temporary person within 48 hours of the vacancy, the State Board of Elections Supervisors shall appoint a person to perform the duties until the Parish Council fills the vacancy.

The applicant must be a registered voter and have at least one of the following:

•A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and two years of full-time, professional work experience.

•An associate degree from an accredited institution and four years of fulltime professional work experience

•Seven years of full-time, professional work experience

•Five years of full-time employment in a registrar’s office in Louisiana.

Parish President Rick Nowlin said at the November Parish Council that he would provide the names of the applicants with recommendations of the top applicants who meet qualifications, possibly during a special called meeting.