GERALD BARBER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
February 20, 2015 - Today Madison County Tax Assessor Gerald Barber announced he is retiring from office this year and will not be seeking another term.
Barber is endorsing his Chief Appraiser, Norman Cannady, who joined the Tax Assessor’s staff in 2003, to take his place as Tax Assessor.
“My last request to the voters in Madison County is that they consider and accept my Chief Appraiser, Norman Cannady, as their next Tax Assessor,” said Barber. “He has the credentials, education, and experience to maintain the same high standards needed to prepare and defend our important tax rolls that keep our property tax one of the lowest in the state. I have always believed mentoring someone who can take your place should be one of the important goals of any leader.”
Barber has served as the Tax Assessor of Madison County for 28 years. Looking back on seven terms in office, he said, “I've met all the goals and objectives I set out to accomplish in this office. Now it's time to move on to another chapter of adventures, which will not include sitting on the porch any time soon.”
Madison County has experienced three decades of dramatic change and growth during Barber’s time in office. "When I first took office we were in a leaky old basement with one computer. Now we have a computer system and website that are considered the most efficient and user friendly in the state,” Barber said. “We have two practical and modern office buildings, and a professional staff that I am extremely proud of. When I entered this office in 1988 the tax roll was $179 million. The 2014 tax roll was over $1.4 billion.” Barber has worked with seven Chancery Clerks, four Circuit Clerks, three Sheriffs, three Tax Collectors, and 17 County Supervisors.
During his tenure, Barber has served as President and Legislative Chairman of MACA (Mississippi Assessor and Collectors Association), President of the Mississippi IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officials), Chairman of the Mississippi Appraisal Board, Vice Chairman of the Metro Transportation Commission, and member of many Mississippi special task forces.
His volunteer service in Conservation and Environmental organizations spans over 40 years. Notably, he was elected as Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation in 1997, the largest conservation organization at the time with over 4.3 million members.
Barber said, “I am very thankful to my family, staff, and supporters, who have always stood behind me. I am also grateful for the opportunity of being a public servant, one of the greatest privileges of any American.”