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February 26, 2013
Secretary of State Beth Chapman Announces Change in Elections Division

Secretary of State Beth Chapman announced today that after a long and prestigious career in state government, Janice McDonald, Director of Elections, will retire at the end of the month.  She will be replaced by current Supervisor of Voter Registration, Ed Packard.

Ms. McDonald has well over a decade of experience within the elections division of the office of the Secretary of State.  She has also worked in the Alabama Senate.

“Janice McDonald has been a stalwart figure in Alabama elections for a long time and her absence from the office will certainly be felt throughout the state.  We all wish Janice well in her retirement and we know that the office will be in great hands as we make the transition to Ed Packard as Director of Elections,” Chapman said.

Mr. Packard has also been a long time employee of the office of the Secretary of State and has been committed to assisting elected officials, candidates, registrars and citizens for over 15 years.

“I am honored to receive this promotion to Director of Elections. We elections officials strive to ensure that our elections are free, fair, and have integrity.  I have long been committed to these goals and I look forward to taking on this opportunity to continue my public service to the people of the State of Alabama,” said Packard.


For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: