For the first time in more than a decade, Madison County has a new general registrar overseeing the election.
Longtime general registrar Diana Eanes retired at the end of June after more than 10 years in the position and three presidential elections. She began her appointment as registrar in 2008 and was reappointed in 2011 and 2015. Before becoming registrar, Eanes served as assistant registrar from 1995 to 2008 and worked for 10 years in the Madison County Court System and as assistant commissioner of the county’s revenue office.
Six applicants applied to fill the role, three of which were interviewed with the electoral board ultimately choosing Lauren Eanes to fill the spot. Eanes is no stranger to the election process. She has been the chief election official of the Central Absentee Precinct since 2012 and has served as an assistant registrar since March 2013.
It was that experience that put her at the top of the applicant pool, electoral board members Mark Farmer, Susanna Spencer and Bonita Burr said. They said she also had letters of recommendation from coworkers and previous employers.
A Madison County native, Eanes said she loves the area and being registrar is her “dream job.”
“I am so excited to begin this new journey and to work with the community of Madison County,” she said. “I have big shoes to fill. Diana did an exceptional job as registrar and will be greatly missed. She had a wealth of knowledge from her experience here. Luckily, she will be staying on as an assistant to help train me. If I can do half as good as she did I will be lucky.”