Columbia County elections chief leaves hospital

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:49 PM
Last updated 7:41 PM
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Columbia County’s elections director has been released from the hospital where she was being treated for a brain tumor and is recovering at home.

Deborah Marshall, 48, had been in the Medical College of Georgia Hospital since April 6, when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a malignant brain tumor.

Since surgery to remove the bulk of the tumor April 9, Marshall has been
recovering at the hospital and underwent radiation therapy to treat the remainder.

County Administrator Scott John­son on Tues­day said the radiation therapy had been completed, and Marsh­all is at home and continuing to recover.

Mess­ages to Mar­sh­all’s husband, Lee Marsh­all, were not immediately returned.

Discussion of Marshall’s condition arose during a meeting between Johnson and other county department heads who were considering possible changes to the county’s pension plans for employees.

Some officials noted that employees have donated a portion of their accrued leave to Marshall while she is unable to work, and that more employees are prepared to donate if she needs additional time.

County workers also recently held a cookout that raised more than $16,000 to help support Marshall’s family.

The county’s Board of Elections has not appointed an interim executive director in Marshall’s absence, and instead intends to wait after the July 31 primary election to discuss the issue, Johnson has said.

Marshall has been an employee since 1984, and was appointed executive director in 2000.

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Sweet son
Sweet son 06/27/12 - 02:52 pm
Still wishing Ms. Marshall the best!

If an interim Director has to be named the only choice is Nancy Gay. She has been the "go to" person since Ms. Marshall's illness and has handled the Elections Office with no problems. She has also been a champion for fund raisers etc. for her boss!! She is and has been in the office so don't overlook her for a Ron Cross/Commission politico!!!!!!

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