Elbert County welcomes new clerk

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Elbert County has a new clerk and recorder.

After being appointed by county commissioners in August, Dallas Schroeder was officially sworn into office earlier this month at a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

More than a dozen family members and supporters gathered on the second floor of the county courthouse on Sept. 4 to witness Schroeder's swearing in, which was administered by 18th Judicial District Judge Jeffrey Holmes.

An Elizabeth resident and businessman, Schroeder replaces Diana Hartsough, who resigned July 5, citing “health issues.” Schroeder will serve the remainder of Hartsough's term of office, which expires in January 2015. He will be paid an annual salary of $49,800.

Schroeder is a member of the Legacy Academy School Board and is also very active in his local church. He was scheduled to be formally introduced at last week's county commissioner's regular meeting but Chairman Robert Rowland announced at the beginning of the meeting, “Dallas has hit the ground running and is tied up in another meeting this morning. So unfortunately he won't be able to be with us today.”

At his swearing in, Rowland praised Schroeder's “dedication” and “tireless” work ethic, recounting a recent instance in which he observed Schroeder “positively mentoring” area youth — including Rowland's own grandson — on the baseball diamond.

“As long as I've known him, Dallas has always demonstrated the utmost in integrity and character,” Rowland said.

Commissioner Kurt Schlegel also praised Schroeder.

“He's stepping into a demanding job with a pretty steep learning curve but I know Dallas is up for the challenge and I'm really excited to have him joining our team.”

Schroeder's appointment, coming just two months before the November election, will add a measure of stability to county leadership rocked in recent months by several high-profile exits.

Prior to Hartsough's departure, former Elections Manager Blake Hepburn resigned, also citing health issues.