Linda Thurmond has been named the new chief tax appraiser of McDuffie County.
Mrs. Thurmond, a newlywed, replaces Katherine Perry, who recently accepted a similar position in neighboring Jefferson County. Mrs. Perry had held the post in McDuffie County for 12 years.
Members of the McDuffie County Tax Assessors Board met last Friday and later announced that they had hired Mrs. Thurmond as the new head of the county's tax assessor's office. The panel includes Chairwoman Ruby Harbin and members Bob Ballard and Tommy Gantt.
"I feel humbled and blessed that God has placed me in this position," Mrs. Thurmond told The McDuffie Mirror during a Monday afternoon interview. "And I thank him that I have the great staff that I have here. Without the county tax assessors' board and this staff, I would be nothing. We are a team around here."
Mrs. Thurmond, who will manage a staff of seven, said she hopes to become a fine leader someday.
"This is the first time I've ever been a leader, so I'm looking forward to the challenges that await me," she said.
The 40-year-old Mrs. Thurmond is not a new employee. She has worked in the McDuffie County Tax Assessor's Office since June 1, 1998.
She and Mrs. Perry worked in the Richmond County Tax Assessor's Office in Augusta prior to taking positions within county government in McDuffie County.
Mrs. Perry was the first to exit Augusta, accepting the job as chief tax appraiser. She later telephoned Mrs. Thurmond, asking her to accept a position on her staff in Thomson. Mrs. Thurmond, who was living in Grovetown at the time, decided to depart Augusta and accept a position on the staff in McDuffie County.
"I've been here ever since," said Mrs. Thurmond, who re-married back in the spring. "I love this job. It's a career to me. The job is so interesting and I enjoy meeting new people."
Mrs. Thurmond is married to Tracy Thurmond, who works at Fire Technology in Augusta. The couple has three children and three grandchildren. They are members of New Hope Baptist Church near Thomson.