Sandra Cawyer, who has been Columbia County tax assessor since 2011, has resigned.
Columbia County Judge Denny Foster sent justices of the peace and news media on Monday a proposed resolution for passage at the July 20 Quorum Court meeting. The resolution declares a vacancy in the assessor’s position and said that Cawyer took a job with the Arkansas Department of Revenue on Sunday.
Anyone interested in being appointed assessor for the 30 months remaining in Cawyer’s term may submit a resume to Foster’s office at the Columbia County Courthouse by 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 15.
Interested parties with questions may call 870-234-2542.
The resolution declaring the assessor’s position vacant also allows for the Quorum Court to name her replacement during the same July 20 meeting.
Typically, justices of the peace meet with prospective candidates behind closed doors before convening in a public session and appointing a successor.
The person selected won’t be eligible to run for the post. The term expires December 31, 2022.
Cawyer’s is the third in a recent string of countywide officials who have resigned. County Clerk Sherry Bell resigned in May 2018. County Judge Larry Atkinson resigned in January and was succeeded by Foster.
Cawyer began her career in county government in 1999. She was elected as county assessor in 2010, succeeding Cathy Allen. Cawyer had no opposition in any of her elections.
Cawyer has completed more than 240 hours of appraisal classes and has been awarded with designations of senior appraiser and senior administrator from the State of Arkansas. Since earning those designations, she has attended many workshops and continuing education classes to remain current on all rules and appraisal practices required by the Assessment Coordination Department.
Cawyer was named Assessor of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of IAAO in 2015. In 2017 she received the Kenneth Eddy Memorial Award from the Assessor’s Association and a Career Achievement Award from South Arkansas Women’s Network.
In county government, it is the job of the assessor's office to find all taxable real and personal property, and to place a value on the property for taxation purposes.