John Nash

John Nash

L.B. HARDY

The new director of the Orangeburg County Voter Registration and Elections Commission may be named today during a special called meeting of the commission.

John Nash, interim chairman of the County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said the final three candidates will be discussed in closed session before a public vote is taken.

“We are hoping to be able to come up with a name of the finalist,” Nash said.

The three finalists are Jim Johnson Jr., former chair of the commission; Kizzie Scott and Aurora Smalls.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 201 at the Orangeburg County Administration Building at 1437 Amelia St.

The director is selected by the commission and hired as a county employee.

The position became vacant when Howard Jackson accepted the same position in Richland County. Jackson was making an annual salary of about $45,000.

Johnson, an election commissioner for nearly six years, is an Orangeburg native and former leader in the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America and Rotary Club of Orangeburg.

A Neeses resident, Scott is originally from Allendale and is the mother of three children under the age of 3, Alajah, Taylor and Kerron.

Scott has worked as the administrative assistant at the Orangeburg County Voter Registration and Elections office as well as county planning and land use technician.

Smalls has worked for Orangeburg County as a systems analyst since 1999.

She and her husband, Julian, have two teenage daughters, Alanna and Taylor.

Smalls has served on the Greater Edisto Chapter Board of the American Red Cross and the Orangeburg County Adult Literacy Council.

* Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551.

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