Roxanne Hagewood now interim administrator; panel to discuss hiring, early voting schedule

Roxanne Hagewood took over as Dickson County’s interim administrator of elections on Wednesday. After voting to fire Administrator Linda Medley Tuesday night, the Dickson County Election Commission voted to ask Hagewood to serve as interim administrator until a permanent administrator can be hired. Hagewood spent 15 years as a deputy in the election office, working under the late Registrar Emma Greer, Administrator Luanne Greer and briefly under Medley before joining the Dickson County Clerk’s Office in 2010 following Luanne Greer’s election. Hagewood said Wednesday her top priority is to help the office get through the Nov. 4 election. The election commission voted 3-1 to schedule a special meeting for 6 pm Monday to establish the processes and procedures it will use to find a new administrator. After opposing the firing of Medley, Democratic member Melba Isom voted against the proposal and fellow Democrat Allen Johnson had walked out of the meeting following a failed vote to retain Medley. In addition to the search for a new administrator, the special meeting will include discussion on the early voting schedule for the November election, the quarterly review of new voter registrations and the procedural locking of the ballot boxes in preparation for the next election. Garton said he will ask Accounts and Budgets Director Don Hall to present an update on the election office budget status to determine whether the board will be able to offer early voting at satellite locations next month. After the Dickson County Commission reduced the election office budget in June, Medley said there would not be enough money to offer early voting at satellite locations in Dickson and White Bluff before both the August and November elections. In July Garton said the office would proceed with its plans for early voting at Restoration Church in Dickson and White Bluff Town Hall before the August election and then assess the actual costs before determining an early voting schedule for the November election. Earlier this month the White Bluff Town Council passed a resolution thanking the election commission for adding early voting in White Bluff and asking that it be made a permanent option before all federal, state and local elections. The commission’s original proposal for the November election was to have early voting in Dickson on Wednesdays and Saturdays and early voting in White Bluff on Wednesdays during the early voting period Oct. 15-30, in addition to the required early voting at the election office in Charlotte Monday-Saturday. The Nov. 4 ballot in Dickson County will include the elections for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th District, Tennessee Senate for the 25th District, Tennessee House of Representatives for the 69th and 78th districts, and four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution regarding abortion rights, a state income tax, the selection process for appellate judges and allowing veterans groups to conduct lotteries. There also are municipal elections in White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden and referendums on allowing wine sales in grocery stores and liquor by the drink in Burns. The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6.