He acknowledged the difficulties of running the office in recent years, which included navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, new voting systems, the aftermath of the tumultuous 2020 presidential election and contentious U.S. Senate run-offs, The Telegraph reported.
In her Jan. 5 resignation letter, Watson cited “the demands of an excessive workload” and “rapidly changing elections laws, policies, and procedures” as “overwhelmingly stressful. So much so, that I find it extremely hard to disconnect during non-work hours, and it has taken a toll on my mental health.”
Watson said she was leaving this work altogether: “Because I have decided to take advantage of an alternative career, unfortunately, I will not be able to assist with the transition of a new supervisor. I pray that our office will continue to provide strong leadership and success.”
The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections’ first Black elections supervisor, Jeanetta Watson, has resigned effective Jan. 21 after serving for a decade in the role, citing the stress of the position. Board of Elections Chairman Darius Maynard said the board accepted her resignation on Friday.
“I’m just sorry we had to get to this point with the climate we’re in,” Maynard said.