WENDY SADLER was named Grady County’s new chief appraiser on Tuesday.
Following the death of longtime Grady County chief appraiser Susan Bennett last week, the Grady County Board of Commissioners took action Tuesday to approve the recommendation of the Board of Tax Assessors and elevate Wendy Sadler to the post of chief appraiser.
In early August, the Board of Assessors began the process of making a succession plan in the event Ms. Bennett was unable to return to work.
Sadler, who came to work for Grady County on Nov. 5, 1997, most recently headed up the mapping operation of the assessors’ office.
On the recommendation of the Board of Assessors, the county commission voted unanimously to approve Sadler to attend required continuing education for chief appraisers. According to Assessors Chairman John Tillis, this will require Sadler to be out of the office for approximately one week.
The commissioners also concurred with the assessor’s plan to send Heather Watson, a member of the office staff, to be trained to take over Sadler’s responsibilities with mapping.
In outlining their plans for the future, the board of assessors said that Pam Williams would coordinate office assignments in addition to other duties.
“We appreciate all of you stepping up to take up the slack. When Susan got sick it put more on you all,” Commissioner Ray Prince said to Sadler and Williams, who were present at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
“We are trying,” Sadler responded.
“Anything we can do to help you just let us know,” Commissioner Prince said.
Ms. Bennett passed away Aug. 27. She had worked with the board of assessors for the past 26 years, according to J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, administrator of Grady County.
“Susan always showed compassion and composure when dealing with difficult tax issues or complaints. She did not hesitate to ‘stand her ground’ when it came to following the tax laws of Georgia. While one may not have always agreed with her standing on the matter, you could rest assured she was following the law. She cared deeply about her job and ensured her staff shared that same commitment by providing the highest degree of customer service,” said former assessor chairman and current board member Prentiss Mitchell.