Rogers named to replace retiring Hawkins elections administrator

Jeff Bobo • Mar 31, 2019 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Newly named Hawkins County Elections Administrator Crystal Rogers, who has worked in the election office for six years, will assume the position of assistant elections administrator in training on Monday, and she will take over the administrator position on July 1.

On March 21, the Hawkins County Election Commission selected Rogers to succeed Elections Administrator Donna Sharp, who will retire June 30 after eight years in the position.

Rogers, who has been a deputy registrar in the office for six years, said her experience will allow her to step up to the responsibilities of administrator.

“As a deputy, I have been involved in many phases of election planning, beginning with the issuance of candidate petitions, up to reporting election night results to the state as they are brought in from the voting precincts," Rogers said. "I must pass the certification exam, but since nearly all we do in our office is based on Tennessee Code, I feel that my work the last six years has given me a good foundation in preparing for certification. I have seen first-hand the demands, pressure of deadlines, and the long hours required of an administrator of elections, and I feel that I am ready to accept the challenge.”

Rogers added, “I would like to thank God for guiding me on this journey, and I thank my family, friends, and the election commissioners for their faith in my ability to hold this office.”

The Election Office will be accepting resumes and applications to fill the vacancy left by Rogers’ appointment. The job description and a printable application may be found at https://hawkinscountytn.gov/election_commission.html.

On Monday, the Hawkins County Commission approved a $10,470 budget amendment that will allow Rogers to become an assistant elections administrator (in training) beginning April 1, through June 30 when Sharp retires.

During that time, Rogers will work closely with Sharp to become more familiar with the specific duties and responsibilities of the elections administrator.

“Crystal has been an asset to this office, and with her ‘get it done’ attitude, she will continue to be an asset in her new role,” Price said. I have been blessed with proficient deputies during my tenure, and I am happy that one of them chose to pursue the administrator position.”

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