Former Richmond County Administrator Linda Beazley has resigned as director of the Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, effective Wednesday.
Mrs. Beazley has held the state post since retiring from the Augusta government after the first year of city-county consolidation in 1996, during which she was co-administrator.
She said she had been thinking about retiring for a while but wanted to stay through this year's election cycle.
"I thought after all, I'm 39 and entitled to some time off to do some things I want to do," she said jokingly. "I'm going to pull a weed or two, visit some old friends and enjoy life. It's time for me to have some relaxation."
She said Secretary of State Cathy Cox's decision to run for governor had nothing to do with her decision.
"I've been thinking about it a good while because I never intended to stay but one year," she said. "I wouldn't sign a yearlong contract for an apartment in Atlanta because I didn't think I'd be there that long. I was there eight years."
Mrs. Beazley started to work for the Richmond County Sheriff's Department in 1957 when she was 17 years old and then moved into the Court of Ordinary, now the Probate Court, where she worked for Judge Iree Pope.
In 1973, she became the first executive director of the combined office of Voter Registration and Elections. She was called on to become Richmond County's interim administrator three times - 1985, 1988 and 1992. She was appointed permanent administrator in 1993.
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