Saturday, February 22, 2020
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Putnam Election Administrator Resigns, Commission Approves Replacement

Putnam County Election Administrator Debbie Steidl submitted her resignation letter Friday.

Stedil said she plans to spend more time with her family after her March 31 retirement.

“It’s been terrific and the staff is great,” Stiedl said. “It’s been a great place to work.”

The Putnam County Election Commission accepted Steidl’s resignation during a Friday morning meeting. They also voted to appoint Putnam County Election Commission Office employee Michele Honeycutt to replace Steidl.

Commissioner Linda Daniel said Honeycutt has worked at the election commission office for the past 21 years and will serve the county well.

“I’ve been with Michele all of those 21 years and she is a jewel,” Daniel said. “She has the ability to step into this position and make this office run just as smoothly as Debbie has had it running.”

Steidl echoed Daniel’s statement and said Honeycutt would make and excellent administrator.

“I think she makes this office run even better than it could,” Steidl said. “Her experience, there’s nothing lacking.”

Election Commission Chairman Phil Adams said Steidl’s decision did not come as a surprise.

“Knowing this was coming for some time, I have talked to both the county mayor and our county attorney,” Adams said. “This body has the right to replace that person in a manner that we deem appropriate. It does not have to be advertised and we have the ability to pick a person that we’re interested in.”

Steidl has served as Putnam County Election Administrator for the past 10 years. Honeycutt’s first day as administrator will be April 1.