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Doris Gibbs, county’s longtime elections chief, dies

Doris Shiver Gibbs, one of Florida’s longest serving supervisor of elections, passed away Monday morning, at 10:42 a.m. at the age of 69.

First elected Franklin County Supervisor of Elections in 1980, Gibbs went on to serve 28 years in the county office before retiring in 2008.

She rose to statewide prominence after serving in various offices and committee chairmanships of the Florida State Association Supervisors of Election, including as president of the state association from 1989 to 1990.

Altogether her career spanned 35 years with state government, the Franklin County Schools, and George E. Weems Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 30, 1951 in Apalachicola, Gibbs is survived by her husband of 28 years, Howard “Sam” Gibbs; her children Tirah Hamm Chitty (Derrick), James Hamm (Lacey), Cale Gibbs (Donna), and Carla Gibbs Galloway (Jeff); 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jamie and Jeanette Shiver; paternal grandparents Leroy and Toy Shiver; maternal grandparents Walter and Ally Moses; granddaughter Sawyer Kate Hamm; and various aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24 at United Baptist Church in Eastpoint. Visitation will take place 30 minutes prior to the services. Kelley Funeral home is assisting the family in the handling of all arrangements. 

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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