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King turns down Meck assessor consultant job

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Former Union County tax administrator Debbie King, who Mecklenburg County had hoped to hire as a consultant to recommend changes in the county assessor’s office after a much-maligned 2011 revaluation, has informed county officials that she doesn’t want the job.

“I met yesterday with Debbie King with the expectation that we would be negotiating a consulting contract,” Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio told commissioners in an e-mail. “Unfortunately, Ms. King indicated that she is not interested in performing the scope of work approved by the Board.”

In the email, Diorio said King “expressed her desire to perform the duties of an Interim County Assessor with the “authority to act.”

After paying a firm $16,500 to spend months to develop a list of candidates, Mecklenburg County has had a hard time hiring a permanent tax assessor.

Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields, who is also the interim tax assessor, had planned to announce the top candidate from that search at a meeting last month. But he says he learned the candidate from Philadelphia didn’t want the job. According to Shields the candidate said the public talk about the assessor’s office “is too toxic” and he had job possibilities “with a better chance for personal success.”

After that meeting, commissioners spoke of hiring King as a consultant.

“The idea is to have someone in the office every day, with feet on the ground and eyes on the operation – and a laser focus on all the recommendations,” Commissioner Karen Bentley, who chairs the assessor search committee, said at the meeting. “… It would telegraph to applicants that we’re serious about cleaning things up and getting ready for what needs to be done and what’s coming.”

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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