Madison County commissioners will hold a confirmation hearing of sorts next Thursday.
The group will consider Stacey Rubio for the vacant chief appraiser’s post in the tax assessor’s office. The meeting is set for 5 p.m., Thursday, in the BOC meeting room in the county government complex.
Rubio, an appraiser in the tax assessor’s office, has served as interim director since the departure of former chief appraiser James Flynt, whose contract was not renewed in 2009. Flynt was not technically a county employee but a contractor.
The BOA agreed to make the recommendation Feb. 4, with David Ragland, Samantha Garland and Jim Escoe voting for Rubio, and Larry Stewart providing the lone “No” vote.
Madison County’s chief appraiser position has been at the center of political storms for years, as the county has struggled to get its digest on time while still meeting state appraisal standards.
Rubio is the wrong choice. She doesn't have the people skills or management experience to effectively manage the office or deal with taxpayers. I observed her during some of the appeals, and she was very opinionated, narrow minded and unwilling to consider the new evidence put before her by taxpayers or even the Board of Equalization. Probably good enough to keep in the office, but not the right kind of individual to be managing other people and dealing with taxpayers, other members of govt., and the Chairman and BOC on a regular basis. Chief Appraiser isn't just an appraiser position, it is a management position where one's ability to listen and deal tactfully with others is extremely important. Ms. Rubio displayed neither in any of the appeals I witnessed.
According to the GA Dept.of Revenue the chief appraiser must be a certified appraiser 3 or 4. Does Ms. Rubio hold the required certification and the required up to date educational courses that would qualify her? I understand that she has served as "interim director" however, I have never heard of this being a position in the BOA Office before. Is this a newly created position that would allow Ms. Rubio to make chief decisions without the legally required education/certification? or the chief appraiser job w/ a new name? If Ms. Rubio has these qualifications, so be it. To allow an unqualified or inexperienced individual in this position leaves MC vulnerable for future legal issues.Taxpayer dollars. It's time the BOA drama STOP. Although we look to the BOA/BOC to appoint/hire a chief this is a State office that is required to follow the law. I for one would appreciate an educated/certified individual qualified to get MC out from under this cloud. It's time to make things right.
02/13/09 at 11:35 AM
To the newspaper: Could you please post Ms. Rubio's resume' on the website so the people can review her qualifications and provide input to our commissioners? Most people's biggest concern is her management experience. How many jobs has she had where she managed employees and managed communications with how many customers, etc.
Ms. Rubio is not qualified to serve as chief appraiser. She has never had to put a digest together. She is a good appraiser but not ready to be chief. As I understand it the BOA had a very qualified candidate that had over 10 years of experience as a chief appraiser and had a class 4 certification. This person was rejected by a majority of the BOA members. WHY!!
Mr. Escoe is getting your picture in the paper your biggest priority in regards to this article??
Given your position on the BOA, your blatant avoidance of the taxpayers concerns is inexcusable and unprofessional. If you were going to post something, why didn't you answer some of the questions posted? Is this a joke to you? Is this the disregard you use in making decisions for MC property owners? If the issues in regards to the assessors office are so insignificant, that your hair would take priority, then maybe your not the guy we need on the BOA. Please consider resigning, if not, get your ---- together.
WHY DON'T YOU "MAN UP" AND SIGN YOUR NAME TO YOUR STUPID COMMENTS??!!! I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHO "MC Taxpayer" IS
BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT SOMEONE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO
KNOW IS SAYING THESE STUPID THINGS ABOUT THEM. THEN AGAIN
YOU NEVER HAVE BEEN MUCH OF A MAN IN MY EYES. JUST KEEP
ON HIDING BEHIND MC Taxpayer or Anonymous.
We as citizens are allowed to examine applications and resumes for management positions. I have taken this opportunity to examine Ms.Rubio's resume and college transcripts. I must say it has been a long time if ever that we have had a chief appraiser with a 4 year college degree. I have not had any experience with Ms.Rubio on a personal level but she appears to be qualifed, educated, and holds an appraiser III classification,etc.
I think the commissioners should take a close look at her resume and college education because this could be a positive move in the right direction.
Read # 5. This is the reason the BOA is the ridicule of the county. As far as Ms. Rubio. I am told that she will not even get out of her car to adequately check on property for taxation purposes. The BOC really need to think on this.