Four administrators of elections were recognized for passing the state certification exam, including Coffee County’s Andy Farrar.
Farrar, who was hired as the county’s administrator of election in November 2018 to replace Vernita Davis, passed his exam on May 9.
“Basically to become a certified administration of elections, you’re required to have an overall understanding of election laws,” Farrar explained. “They give you six months from taking office to obtain that certification. So over the last six months, the state of Tennessee has a training website we’re required to go on and familiarize ourselves with all the different aspect – everything from motor registration to administering elections to campaign finances – anything we would see on a yearly basis.”
He went to Nashville to the State Election Commission and took the closed book exam, which is a timed written assessment. Participants have 3.5 hours to complete the exam. It is pass or fail – anyone with a score below 70 has to retake the exam.
He received his certification from Secretary of State Tre Hargett during the annual state election law summer seminar in Nashville.
Certification demonstrates local election officials’ commitment to running sound elections according to state law,” Hargett said. “I’m proud that every county had a certified administrator for the 2018 general election, and we look forward to continuing to work with new administrators to help them attain this certification.”
Now certified, Farrar is ready for the upcoming Tullahoma election in August.
“I was very excited that I passed it. Not working in the election office prior to, it’s a whole new world. Totally different from purchasing,” Farrar said.
Prior to becoming the administrator, Farrar was the county’s purchasing agent. He worked with department heads and elected officials on a daily basis and worked with the election commission for eight years. Before that, he spent 15 years with Aramark Uniform Services, 11 of them as a district manager in Shelbyville and the last two in Nashville.