By Sarah Plummer
With just two weeks until the election, Greenbrier County Chief Elections Deputy Clerk Cheryl Yates has left her position.
Yates said she left after being told she was not performing her job and after being accused of falsifying overtime during the last county election by new county clerk Robin Loudermilk.
Loudermilk told The Register-Herald that Yates left to pursue other opportunities.
The two women are sisters-in-law, Yates noted.
Yates added, “It’s been a struggle since she took office. Accusing me of theft was the final straw. I loved my job, and that is the hardest part of all this.”
Yates has worked as a clerk for nearly seven years and has been in charge of elections for eight elections.
Loudermilk said this change in personnel should not affect the election in Greenbrier County.
“We are all cross-trained. The election will go as planned,” she said.
Jake Glance, spokesperson with the Secretary of State’s Office, said his office was aware of the situation in Greenbrier County.
He said the office will be in touch with whoever will be filling the position to ensure they understand their data entry responsibilities, to move the process forward and to make sure the transition is flawless.
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