By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
New Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor Allen Morgan said his early transition into the position has been smooth but very busy with the end-of-the-year tax collections.
Morgan, who was picked by county voters during the November general election, took office on Dec. 1 after Pat Kight made the decision to step down before the end of the year due to health issues. The early transition meant Morgan had to jump in with property tax collection on his very first day.
“We’ve been very busy and I still have quite a bit to learn, but I’ve got a good staff,” Morgan said.
Though the job is still very new, Morgan is accustomed to the territory. He spent 29 years working for the State Tax Commission at the Columbus district office and said the experience and knowledge he gained there have been an asset in his new job.
“I’m familiar with working with taxes and working with people. It’s a different type of tax, but I’ve got a good background in it,” he said. “I feel good. There’s a lot to learn, but I’ve been through some training and have a few more to go to. The laws change every year.”
Morgan said Kight helped him learn the ropes as much as she could since she resigned.
“She’s been up here, I’ve been on the phone with her and she’s offered me her 100 percent cooperation and that I can call her any time I need to,” Morgan said. “She wants to make it as smooth as possible and she has.”
Morgan said he is looking forward to helping the people of Oktibbeha County as much as he can.
“I like talking to people, helping people (and) meeting people,” Morgan said. “I’m just committed to making sure we’re providing a good service and helping people out.”