County board hires elections administrator

Jenise “Crickett” Miller knows a lot about the Democratic process. That process recently involved her when all five members of Hood County’s elections board voted her to be the new elections administrator.

Miller is already on the job. She started last week.

“She has a wonderful personality,” said County Clerk Mary Burnett, who sits on the elections board. “Everybody was impressed with her.”

Miller succeeds Lois Joplin who was recently dismissed.

Miller comes to Granbury from the Gatesville area, where Coryell County officials had contracted with her and others for the past several years to oversee elections there. She is a former precinct chair and precinct judge.

A love of politics and public service runs in Miller’s family. Her father, Jack Wall, is county commissioner for Precinct 1 in Coryell County.

“I really do enjoy working elections,” said Miller, who began doing work for Coryell County after passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in October 2002. She also was entrusted to handle city and school elections for Gatesville and Copperas Cove.

HAVA was drafted in part because of the controversy surrounding the presidential election in 2000 (remember those hanging chads?). It mandates that all states and local governments upgrade their election procedures, including voting machines, the voter registration process and training for election workers.

“I really do enjoy working elections,” said Miller, adding that her office will always welcome anyone with questions or suggestions.

The timing of the elections administrator job coming open worked out well for Miller. She and her husband, Scotty, had moved to the area last July with their two sons, Warren, 13, and Wesley, 11. Scotty had accepted a job teaching and coaching football and track at Tolar High School.

When Miller was offered the elections administrator job, she was not able to start right away, she said, because she had made a commitment to substitute teach in Tolar. Her first day working for Hood County was Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Miller said the elections board – comprised of Burnett, Tax Assessor-Collector Teresa McCoy, County Judge Darrell Cockerham, Democratic Party Chair Joyce Carver and Republican Party Chair Bill Cody – asked “all sorts of questions” when they interviewed her. Burnett said that three candidates were interviewed for the position.

McCoy said she is “excited” about Miller’s hiring.

“I believe that with her experience and her apparent passion for working elections, she will become a valuable asset to this county,” she said.

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