Gov. DeSantis taps two new Elections Supervisors to fill unexpired terms

Hendry and Washington counties to get appointees to serve out unexpired terms.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed two public servants to be Supervisors of Elections, one in Hendry County and one in Washington County, both filling out unexpired terms.

Hendry County’s Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections Sherry Taylor will succeed Brenda K. Hoots. Hoots, who announced her Sept. 29 retirement after working for 32 years in the Hendry County Supervisor of Elections Office, with more than 11 of them as Supervisor of Elections. This year is the Democrat’s third year of her third, four-year term.

Taylor came to the Supervisor of Elections Office 10 years ago after working as a paralegal for the Luckey Law Firm. Hoots’ No. 2 in the elections office is enrolled in the Florida Certified Election Professionals certification courses, according to the Governor’s Office.

In Washington County, Deidra Pettis, an emergency 911 assistant for the Washington County Board of County Commissioner will succeed Carol Rudd, Washington County’s longest-serving Supervisor of Elections. Rudd became Elections Supervisor in 1996, appointed to the job by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles, the most recent Democrat elected Governor.

Elected seven times in her own right, Rudd, a Republican, served a total of 27 years in the role before her July retirement, according to the Washington County News.

Pettis, who attended Northwest Florida State College, has worked in public service for more than 15 years, according to the Governor’s Office. She’s also the sister of Col. Greg Malloy, a Panhandle corrections officer killed in the line of duty as he chased down a double homicide suspect in an exchange of gunfire in 2011.

After two, successive legislative Sessions during which election laws and procedures were overhauled, the Florida Supervisors of Elections, a professional association, is asking lawmakers to pause changes this year, as a presidential election year gears up Broward County Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott told the Broward County legislative delegation this week.

“It’s a really bad time for us to change the election laws and force the Supervisors to adopt new policies and procedures within the same year we’re having a presidential election,” he said.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Rick Whitaker

    October 9, 2023 at 5:21 am

    let’s hope that the changes are held back till after the election. if desantis had a say in the changes, and i’m sure he did, it won’t help the dems. everything he does is calculated and devious it seems. i don’t want to help anybody but the voters, all of them, not just the christian white maga cult voters.

    • Babs

      October 9, 2023 at 3:14 pm

      He appointed his own people. They should really run a special election. Scary to see even more Republicans overseeing our election offices. The cult loyalty trumps integrity and truth.

  • Kimberly Malajati

    October 9, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Blind man can see the injustices of DeSatan

  • Wayne Simmons

    October 10, 2023 at 7:57 am

    The Governors’ handlers need to their homework better. Hendry county’s new election supervisor has only been a republican less than a month

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