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Elisa Zarate Appointed Interim Clerk of Superior & State Courts

Clerk of Superior and State Courts Beverly Logan tendered her resignation effective May 31, 2023 to Governor Brian P. Kemp, who accepted the resignation by letter dated May 15, 2023. Logan is retiring after 30 years of service.

The current Chief Deputy Clerk is not a resident of Athens-Clarke County and is therefore not qualified to hold the position of Clerk of Superior and State Courts of Clarke County in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 15-6-50. As a result, the upcoming vacancy created a need for Probate Court Judge Susan Schaffer to appoint an interim Clerk of Superior and State Courts. Schaffer accepted applications for the position until May 22, 2023.

“After very careful consideration of a number of excellent applicants,” said Schaffer, “I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Elisa Zarate as the interim Clerk of Superior and State Courts of Clarke County until a special election can be held.”

Zarate has accepted the appointment effective June 1, 2023. Zarate has served as the Court Administrator for Athens-Clarke County for the past three years and was previously the coordinator for the county’s mental health court for over seven years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgia College and State University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia. Zarate resides in Athens with her husband and son.

“I am very grateful to Judge Schaffer for providing me with the opportunity to serve as Interim Clerk of Superior and State Courts,” said Zarate, “I believe that my decade of experience with the Athens-Clarke County court system and the excellent staff in the Clerk’s Office will help ensure a smooth transition. I look forward to continuing to serve the community in this new role.“

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections will approve a date for the special election

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Breadoflife Faiupu
Breadoflife Faiupu
May 26, 2023

Well...duh! What did you expect? A straight white male?

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Shag2023
Shag2023
May 26, 2023

I hope I am wrong but looking her affiliation with Envision Athens and the rest of the Board members... she seems to be part of the inner circle ( https://envisionathens.com/about/)

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
May 26, 2023

Social work? She may be a fine person, but that degree doesn't say so.

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What the hell does a soup kitchen degree qualify you?

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Classic City News
Classic City News
May 27, 2023
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I merely corrected your inaccurate statement, which you conveniently deleted after I pointed out your error. Good grief!

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