Michigan Secretary of State appoints new elections director
A longtime staffer at the Michigan Secretary of State's office has been appointed director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Wednesday that Sally Williams will replace Chris Thomas, who retires this week after 36 years as director. Williams currently serves as the bureau's Election Liaison Division director, assisting county clerks and local clerks in their election duties, and oversees training of local election officials. Before that, she was an assistant to the chief of staff and as a project manager. Williams led the efforts of the Bureau of Elections when the state reviewed and selected vendors to supply new election equipment that will be in use statewide by August 2018. She also directed the launch of the Michigan Voter Information Center.