Lee County Director of Elections Jeni Harris is resigning after only a year in the position, she announced in an email Monday.
Harris is leaving the county to take a position as a business analyst with the state, she said.
“I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to join the Lee County Elections family at such an important time,” she wrote in her email, referencing the contentious 2020 U.S. presidential election.
“I have been recently presented with a very exciting job opportunity, which I feel is something I should pursue for myself and my family.”
Harris’ last day is June 14. She said the four-week cushion will give her time to train new staff and help the Board of Elections office move to its new home at 1503 Elm St., where staff will share the building with the N.C. Division Of Adult Probation & Parole.
The time will also allow Harris to attend budget meetings for the new fiscal year and supervise the purchase of new voting machines, she said in her email.
Harris added that she would be happy to help select a new director and that the time for a transition is right since this is a municipal election year.
“Again, thank you elections team, members of the Board, and many other county team members for your confidence and support during our largest election to date,” Harris wrote.
“Having a county team that works together so well for the common goal of supporting our citizens is inspiring. I will treasure my time, friends, and experiences from Lee County, and I look forward to watching Lee County grow and thrive over the years to come.”