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Two Grady County offices have traded places and officials are settling into their respective new homes.
The Grady County Magistrate Court is now located in the annex building located at 24 Third Ave. N.E., which was the former home of the Grady County Board of Registrars, which has moved into the quarters formerly occupied by the chief magistrate.
Grady County Chief Magistrate Pat Pollock and his staff are busy unpacking boxes and getting settled into their new offices.
The chief magistrate says the annex provides his court with more office space and additional privacy for the public needing to discuss matters with the court.
“We’ve got just about everything moved and we are settling in,” Pollock said Wednesday.
Chief Registrar Malinda Butler is also busy setting up shop on the first floor of the Grady County Courthouse. Required training and the holidays delayed the chief registrar from being able to wrap up her move. In addition to getting unpacked and arranging the office, Ms. Butler said she is eagerly awaiting delivery of the new voting machine that will be put into use in March.
“It’s been somewhat chaotic, but we are getting there slowly but surely,” she said.
The offices were relocated following a security evaluation by the Georgia Department of Homeland Security in order to provide greater election security. The move also puts all aspects of voting, both voter registration and the management of elections under the same roof, according to county officials.