Barrett to step down as head of Nashville elections

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 6:09pm

Ray Barrett, administrator of elections for the Davidson County Election Commission for the past six years, announced Wednesday he plans to resign by the end of the year.

Barrett, who has worked for the election commission in some capacity for 25 years, delivered the announcement at the commission’s Wednesday morning meeting.

The commission plans on working as a search committee to find a replacement.

Contacted by The City Paper, Barrett said, “It was just time.”

“I wanted to make this announcement now so that the commission will have plenty of time to choose my successor and for us to have a smooth transition,” Barrett said in a written statement, alluding to the fact that there’s only one general election and a run-off scheduled for 2011.

In 2004, Barrett replaced ousted election administrator Michael McDonald, a Democrat, who was fired by a 3-2 vote by the then-Democrat-controlled commission after the commission had become embroiled in controversy.

Today, following state legislative victories in 2008, Republicans hold three seats in the five-member commission, and presumably carry the votes to select their choice.

3 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 7/8/10 at 7:37

Why is it stated "Presumably carry the votes to select their choice"?
Was that not the way the Courts and public allowed the selection to
take place for the 50 yrs the Democratic Party controlled the Legislature?
Is there a new presumption they are to control these offices whether they
are majority or minority? Did the Voters Rights Act contain something
to this affect? Are the Courts to intervene anytime a declared member
of the Democratic Party is ousted as a Commissioner or Administrator?
Just wondering what the rules are going forward!

By: bringingbackcom... on 7/8/10 at 7:55

" Ray dont leave us just yet, you have effectuated positive, meaningful change and we need you for some years to come. I know there comes a time to retire but you still have what it takes to continue the good mission you have started.!"

By: SRJ on 7/8/10 at 12:05

I really hate to see Mr. Barrett retire. He is a man of integrity and high standards. He will be missed for years to come.