Long-time Madison County tax commissioner Louise Watson has announced her retirement, effective May 31.
“I have real emotional feelings as reality is beginning to set in,” said Watson. “I feel as though I’m giving up my baby or part of my family, because I enjoy the job and the people. I’m not leaving with any type of dissatisfaction or anything. I’m just at the place in life where I feel now is the time for me.”
A special election to fill her remaining two years in the post will be held during the general election Nov. 4. Watson has appointed Melanie Kidd, who has seven years experience — four full time — in Watson’s office, to serve as deputy tax commissioner from May 31 until the end of the year, when an elected officer takes the position.
Madison County chief registrar Tracy Dean said this week that qualifying dates and the qualifying fee will be set soon. She noted that qualifying for the office will be concluded by Aug. 6. The tax commissioner’s office is typically a partisan election, but a special election for the seat is non-partisan, meaning a candidate can declare a party affiliation on the November ballot, but that’s not required. When the office comes back up for election in 2016, it will once again be a partisan race.
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