Mike McMurry

Harrison County Elections Administrator Mike McMurry instructs Republican Party Chairwoman Debra Hatfield, right, and Democratic Party Chairwoman Gloria Moon, center, on the operations of the election equipment during a public logic and accuracy test in September 2017.

MARSHALL — Harrison County Elections Administrator Mike McMurry recently submitted his resignation after accepting a job with a national election equipment vendor.

McMurry’s last day on the job will be Jan. 18. He will begin work as a project manager with Hart InterCivic on Jan. 21.

“We’re very sorry to lose Mike,” said newly elected County Judge Chad Sims. “He was a very fair and capable elections administrator.”

McMurry emailed his resignation on Dec. 19 to outgoing County Judge Hugh Taylor.

“It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Harrison County,” he wrote. “I welcome the opportunity to help with transitioning responsibilities to the new elections administrator.”

McMurry, who served as Marshall’s District 6 city commissioner from 2006 to 2008, was hired as the county’s elections administrator on March 20, 2015.

“He did a great job for the county,” Sims said of McMurry. “He was also very efficient and organized, which is so necessary in that office.”

McMurry also sent his resignation notice to each county commissioner, the human resources director and the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division. It was forwarded to members of the county’s election commission — the people who will review candidates and hire a new elections administrator.

Election commission members are County Judge Chad Sims, County Clerk Liz Whipkey, Tax Assessor-Collector Veronica King, County Democratic Party Chairwoman Maxine Golightly and County Republican Party Chairman Lee Lester.

The county posted the job opening Thursday.

“Next week, we’ll accept his resignation and get us a game plan together on how to proceed and our next few steps,” Sims said. “We just posted the notice for the vacancy, so I don’t expect by next week to have applications.”

He said the elections commission will mainly convene to discuss the vacancy and determine what measures to take, in the interim, to ensure that the office continues to run smoothly.

McMurry said Thursday he’s pleased with what he’s accomplished in the nearly four years of his tenure.

“My ongoing goal was to ensure the office was well-organized, efficient and consistent in the management and execution of our elections while maintaining a nonpartisan, transparent environment with a customer service mindset,” McMurry said. “It’s been a team effort, and I’m thankful for everyone that helped us achieve these goals.”