Emergency Interim Successors
O.C.G.A.§38-3-50 requires all state officers, within 30 days of taking office, to designate individuals as emergency interim successors and specify their order of succession. “Emergency interim successor” means “a person designated pursuant to this Code section, in the event an officer is unavailable to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of an office, until a successor is appointed or elected and qualified as may be prescribed by the Constitution, statutes, laws, charters, and ordinances of this state and its political subdivisions, or until the lawful incumbent or his successor is able to resume the exercise of the powers and the discharge of the duties of the office.”
Designations are filed with the Secretary of State, who maintains them in the Division of Archives and History. Upon receipt, the Archives notifies the Governor’s Office and the Probate Judge in each designee’s county of residence, as required by the law.
Designations should be addressed from the state official to the Secretary of State, 214 State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. A copy should be sent to the director, Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia 30260.
Suggested wording of the designation letter:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A.§38-3-50, I am filing this list of emergency interim successors. The individuals, their titles, and their home counties are identified below in the order in which they are to serve as emergency interim successors:
Be certain to include for each appointed emergency interim successor:
5800 Jonesboro Road