The Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections has appointed elections veteran Kristi Royston as elections supervisor for Gwinnett County.

Royston has served as Gwinnett's assistant elections supervisor since January 2010.

"After a thorough, nationwide search, my fellow board members and I are excited to appoint Kristi as elections supervisor," said Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections Chairman John Mangano. "Over the years, Kristi has demonstrated that she is fully capable of handling the sensitive and complicated job of running elections. We have full faith that she will continue the fine tradition of well-run elections for Gwinnett County."

Royston, the acting elections supervisor since July, said she was honored by the appointment.

"Running an election is a sacred trust that I take very seriously," Royston said. "I will work hard to ensure every aspect of the elections is handled in a manner that inspires confidence by all sides."

Royston helped oversee the Elections Office's compliance with the Department of Justice mandate to provide bilingual elections materials, as well as increasing voter engagement by offering additional days and hours for advance in-person voting at the main elections office and satellite locations in the 2018 General Election.

In 2018, Royston received the Frances Duncan Award from the Georgia Secretary of State for her expertise in registering eligible voters and conducting honest and impartial elections in a fair, efficient and accurate manner.

Prior to working with Gwinnett County, Royston was the elections supervisor in Barrow County. She also worked in the Athens-Clarke County Elections and Registration Office as well as the State Elections Division under Secretaries of State Lewis Massey and Cathy Cox.

She is a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in journalism, emphasis in advertising.