Six County Elections Officials Pass Certification Exam

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Six county administrators of elections are being recognized for passing the state certification exam.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins presented each administrator with a certificate Monday at the annual Tennessee Association of County Election Officials (TACEO) summer conference in Nashville.

The following administrators passed the exam Dec. 12, 2017:

  • Pam Frejosky, Cheatham County Administrator of Elections
  • Kathy Vest, Chester County Administrator of Elections
  • Garry Miller, Grundy County Administrator of Elections

The following administrators passed the exam March 22, 2018:

  • Teresa Bedingfield, Decatur County Administrator of Elections
  • Rusty Isbell, Lewis County Administrator of Elections
  • Daniel Perigo, Stewart County Administrator of Elections

“I’m sure Tennesseans will join me in congratulating these administrators on reaching this outstanding achievement. Certification adds one more layer of assurance that local election officials are running sound elections according to state law,” Secretary Hargett said.

The accomplishment has a financial incentive, which means an administrator cannot be paid less than the certified pay rate for their respective county.

Participants must first complete a training process that covers 40 different topics related to election law.

The exam, which is administered by the Division of Elections, is a rigorous closed book, written assessment that can last up to three and a half hours. Questions, which are based on statutory requirements, range from voter registration to Election Day guidelines.