Elections director retiring

Published 10:31 am Thursday, July 28, 2022

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On July 31, Tabatha Parrish will retire from the Davie County Board of Elections.

She has been eirector of the local board for 11 years.  Before that she served as deputy director, also for 11 years.

Throughout her time at the board of elections, among her responsibilities, she has fine-tuned the local elections procedures, annually trained precinct workers, and complied with state and federal election regulations, said board member, Carole Demmy.  Developing and monitoring the yearly budget have also been part of her duties.

Looking back over her years with the elections office, Parrish said she most enjoyed building relationships with board members, staff, and precinct officials which help to insure that elections in Davie County run smoothly.

Parrish and husband, Mike, have a home in the Myrtle Beach area, where they will begin the next phase of their lives.

The new director is Melissa Parker, who has served as deputy director throughout Parrish’s time as director. She has observed, participated in, and completed just about every task relative to her new position. “This move into the next office is a logical step for her,” Demmy said.

Parker looks forward to her new responsibilities and is excited to continue to provide Davie with open and honest elections.  She said she hopes to developing new relationships in the community and continue to work with the dedicated precinct workers and board members.

Other board members are Gary LeBlanc (chair), Faye Carter (secretary), Luther Potts and Robert Raisbeck.