2014-08-21 / Front Page

Sarah Duvall Appointed County Clerk

Replaces Dan Swain as clerk/director of elections
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A Hustontown woman is slated to take her place among county employees in the coming weeks following Tuesday’s report by the Fulton County commissioners that they filled the position of chief clerk and director of elections.

Sarah Duvall was unanimously appointed by commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher following a several month interview process that began as a result of the resignation of current chief clerk Dan Swain. Swain entered his formal resignation on June 3 telling the “News,” after a transition period, he would be departing the county after almost 25 years to move into the software development field.

According to the commissioners, Duvall was narrowed down from a pool of 12 applicants. All individuals were given an assessment test, and subsequently five were granted an interview. Duvall and two additional candidates were given a second interview, the commissioners said.

Currently a fourth-grade teacher at the Forbes Road School District, Duvall possesses a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in psychology as well as a second bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wilson College. In addition, she has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University in Erie.

Following college, Duvall reportedly spent time as a legal assistant at several sizeable law firms in the Chicago area, Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. After relocating to Fulton County, her experience in the public school system got under way as a dropout prevention instructor through the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School. She eventually substituted at Forbes Road at both the elementary and high school levels and accepted a full-time teaching position working her way through grades two through seven.

“I am not leaving education as much as I am taking advantage of a great opportunity to apply my skills set in new and exciting ways,” Duvall told the “News” Tuesday. “It’s important to keep growing, and, on a personal level, I felt I needed to make a move.”

Duvall noted it was actually an acquaintance who initially spotted the advertisement for the chief clerk/director of elections position. She said the job descriptions sounded “challenging and exciting,” which prompted her to apply.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity,” she stated. “I look forward to being part of yet another great team, supporting the commissioners in the important work that they do serving the taxpayers of Fulton County. I am excited to prepare for the upcoming election. I have two major interests: the democratic process and education, and I am fortunate for opportunities that have allowed me to work in both areas in meaningful ways.”

As far as bidding a fond farewell to the student body and her colleagues at Forbes, Duvall said she’s leaving behind an “outstanding team” of administrators and faculty.

“I will miss them greatly, but it’s like moving to a different house. You get a lump in your throat when you drive by the old house, remembering the great times you enjoyed there, but you know that the house you live in now provides opportunities the other couldn’t. This is the right move for me,” she said.

In addition to the chief clerk appointment Tuesday, the commissioners also metwith county Treasurer Monica Seville and chief financial officer Doug Tengler in the capacity of Salary Board. The group set Duvall’s salary at $48,796 in accordance with her duties.

She is slated to begin her duties with the county following her release from Forbes Road.

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