One of the most important functions of the League of Women Voters is to protect and defend the most fundamental elements of our democracy: the right to vote. So it is with a mixture of gratitude and regret that we bid farewell to Susan Gill, the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections.
Since first being elected to the office of Supervisor of Elections in 1996, Gill has spent the past 24 years positively impacting voting and voters — not just in Florida, but across the nation.
Gill has been active with the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, serving as the FSASE president in 2005-06. She also served as the chair of the Rules and Legislative committees and is currently the co-chair of the FSASE Vote Center Task Force.
Gill has served on the State of Florida Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Planning Committee and the Election Assistance Commission workgroup, helping to create the Vote-by-mail/Absentee Ballot Election Management Guidelines in 2007.
She is a Florida State Certified Supervisor of Elections, a Master Florida Certified Election Professional (MFCEP) and is a graduate of the National Election Center’s Certified Election and Registration Administrator (CERA) program.
Nationally, Gill serves on the Board of Directors of the National Election Center. She served on the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting (RAAV) Committee sponsored by the Federal Elections Assistance Commission.
Her contributions to the local community are immense, whether connected with her role in elections, or when she serves in other capacities. Gill has spent countless hours educating local citizens groups and high school students about the voting process, and their voting rights and responsibilities.
She has served on a number of community boards, including the College of Central Florida Foundation Board, the Citrus Memorial Health Systems Citizens Advisory Council. She twice served as the United Way campaign chair, and is a longtime member of Altrusa International Inc. of Citrus County. Gill currently serves on the board of the YMCA of Citrus County.
In every facet of her life’s work, Gill has brought integrity, vision, and sharp attention to detail. Through her efforts to ensure that the voice of every citizen is heard, she has modeled true patriotism and servant leadership.
In her own words, “The Mission of the Citrus County Elections Office is to ensure the integrity of the electoral process and to enhance public confidence. This is achieved by conducting fair, honest and accurate elections while encouraging participation by providing voter education to citizens of all ages.” Mission accomplished, Susan Gill!
The League of Women Voters of Citrus County offers our sincere gratitude and congratulations to Gill for a job well done. She has set the bar high, but we know that we can expect more impeccable elections from her newly elected successor, Maureen “Mo” Baird.
We wish Gill well in her retirement. We hope that she enjoys good health and quality time with her family. We look forward to seeing her familiar face around the community.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) was founded in 1920 and grew out of the women’s suffrage movement. LWV operates at national, state, and local levels to improve government systems and influence public policies through advocacy and education. The League has always remained nonpartisan, never endorsing or opposing particular political parties or candidates, and taking positions on issues only after careful study and consensus. Inviting inclusive citizen involvement, while staying above partisan politics, has allowed the League to maintain a strong, trusted voice, locally, statewide and nationally. For information, visit lwvcitrus.org.