The Montgomery County Electoral Board has appointed Connie M. Viar as the new Director of Elections/Voter Registrar effective in February 2017.
“We are confident that Connie’s experience and knowledge will be an asset to our organization, and I look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Marshall “Dean” Dowdy, Chairman of the Montgomery County Electoral Board.
Viar will succeed Randy Wertz, who will retire March 1 after nearly 13 years with the county. Viar’s starting date will allow for a 30 day transition prior to Wertz’s departure. The Electoral Board interviewed six applicants from among 19 applicants for the position. The Board’s widespread search included placing notices for the position on the County’s web page, the Roanoke Times, the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Registrar’s Association.
Viar has served as deputy assistant registrar from 2010 to the present. In this capacity, she worked in all facets of the office, including assisting citizens with voter registrations, absentee applications, in-person, mail and email requests, preparing campaign finance packets, and working with officers of election. She earned a graduate certificate this past spring as a Virginia Registered Election Official.
She served first as Deputy Clerk and then Clerk of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Montgomery County from 1995 to 2010. The Clerk’s office works with attorneys, social services, law enforcement and others to schedule the court’s docket.
Viar and her husband, Judge Robert C. Viar Jr., have three adult sons and live with their miniature schnauzer in Christiansburg.
In Virginia, each County and City has an Electoral Board is comprised of three members who are appointed by the Circuit Court based upon local political party recommendations. The nonpartisan Electoral Board’s duties include appointment of the General Registrar.