Clerk of Court resigns as of Sept. 30; DA calls off jury trial for dismissal

McFerrin to resign in September; DA dismisses petition for removal of McIntosh Clerk Superior Court

Rebecca McFerrin, McIntosh County Clerk of Superior Court, who was facing a jury trial set to begin June 12 for removal from office concerning misconduct in office, submitted a letter of resignation as of Sept. 30 to Governor Brian Kemp on June 5.

Following McFerrin’s resignation letter, District Attorney Tom Durden on June 6 filed a dismissal of the petition for McFerrin’s removal by trial by jury.

McFerrin’s letter to Governor Kemp is as follows:

“Serving the citizens of McIntosh County for the past 14 years–first as Deputy Clerk and for the past three and a half years as the Clerk of Superior Court–has been the greatest privilege of my life. During that time, I have strived to faithfully execute the duties of my office in a manner that protects the best interests of the citizens of McIntosh County.

“Because the work of the Clerk’s office is important to me and to the citizens of McIntosh County, I regret that recent events have distracted from the office’s important objectives. With that in mind, I believe it is in the best interests of the citizens I was elected to serve that I resign my office in an effort to ensure that the duties of the Clerk’s office are carried out without additional unnecessary distractions.

“Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation as Clerk of Superior Court of McIntosh County, which will become effective at 11:59 p.m., September 30, 2019–a date that marks the end of the fiscal year for McIntosh County. After that date, Chief Deputy Clerk Carolyn Palmer will serve as Interim Clerk of Superior Court. In the interim, Sherry Long, who serves as the Clerk of Superior Court of Long County and as District Chair for District 1 of the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia, will supervise activities in my office to assist in the transition of my duties. Mrs. Long was appointed as a mentor to me in 2016. I will work to ensure a smooth and orderly transition.”

The Dismissal of Petition for removal of Clerk of Superior Court filed in McIntosh County Superior Court by District Attorney Durden on June 6, 2019 states:

“In that Respondent in this case is notifying the Governor of her resignation effective September 30, 2019, the District Attorney hereby dismisses the Petition in this case. This resolution of the case reflects the agreed upon disposition reached between the parties after consultation with original complainants and elected county officials.”

 

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