County elections chief terminated

County elections chief terminated

Fayette-County-Georgia-Legal-SealFayette County Elections & Voter Registration Department Head Tom Sawyer has been terminated for performance-related issues, according to county and elections board officials.

County Administrator Steve Rapson and Elections Board Chairman Darryl Hicks confirmed Sawyer was officially let go after an elections board specially-called meeting late Tuesday afternoon.

“It was effective immediately,” Hicks said. “It was a performance issue. Not living up to the performance requirements we set out.”

Rapson noted that Sawyer had been given a negative performance review last year and another one earlier this year.

Hicks said the board, which also includes Addison Lester and Aaron Wright, is aiming to appoint an interim replacement and then to begin the hiring process to find a permanent replacement. In the meantime, the July 26 Primary Runoff election will be handled by Elections Office staff, whom Rapson and Hicks both say are well capable of the challenge.

Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.