If all goes as planned, Mecklenburg County will have a tax assessor for the first time since December.
Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields plans to recommend a candidate to county commissioners at their Tuesday meeting.
On Friday, Shields said he hopes theyll hire his candidate, allowing him to hang up one of his county hats. Shields has stood in as interim assessor since the previous one, Garrett Alexander, resigned in the fallout from the mistake-filled 2011 revaluation.
Those mistakes prompted state legislators to pass a law requiring Mecklenburg to do the revaluation over. That is expected to begin Sept. 18.
Before that happens, Shields wanted a new assessor in place and for the county to hire 10 new appraisers and six other staffers.
The county was ready to hire a candidate in June, but he withdrew, saying the tax office was too toxic.
Shields said he feels good about his latest recommendation. He declined to identify the candidate.
I am satisfied we have a good candidate for the assessor, he said. Its up to the board to consider the credentials and make the appointment.
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