Sam Westmoreland (Courtesy of Fulton County Sheriff)
ATLANTA -- Fulton County's Board of Elections voted unanimously on Monday to accept the resignation of Elections Director Samuel P. Westmoreland.
They also agreed to make that an official firing if he tries to withdraw his September 22 resignation letter or ask for any conditions such as severance pay or benefits.
MORE | Read Westmoreland's resignation letter
Westmoreland was already on his way out, possibly by the end of the year, according to Elections Board Chairman Roderick Edmond.
That was because of several problems with the July primary when several hundred voters got cards sending them to the wrong precincts and when hundreds more had been mistakenly removed from voter rolls.
But the reason for Westmoreland's immediate departure was last week's revelation that he had been arrested for a probation violation on a 2009 DUI arrest.
He'd been sitting in the Alpharetta City Jail halfway through a 10 day sentence before Fulton County officials found out.
"Quite frankly, no one knew that he was in jail until we saw the mug shot," Edmond said.
Westmoreland was to have been set free again on Monday, but Alpharetta continued to hold him on another arrest warrant from Laurens County.
That warrant, issued on September 14th, accuses Westmoreland of failing to show up for drug court after he pleaded guilty to a 2008 DUI and disobeying a traffic signal that resulted in an accident.
Elections Board Chairman Edmond said the board was aware of Westmoreland's previous DUI arrests when they made him permanent Elections Director last March, but thought he had completed his court sentences.
He had served as an Elections Board member since 2004, including two terms as Chairman.
The Board named Registration Chief Sharon Mitchell as acting Elections Director until a permanent replacement can be found.
Despite all of this upheaval, Chairman Edmond promised Fulton County voters a fair and smooth election in November.
He said they think they can deliver on that promise thanks to outside help from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office and paid consultants.