Interim Tax Assessor Talks About Her Appointment 1/20/14
CBS 7 News
January 20, 2014
MIDLAND CO.-Sparks flew last week in Midland after people voiced concerns with the county's interim appointment of a tax collector.
They were upset because The County Commissioners Court chose one opponent over the other to fill the interim spot, some even said it could be a political move.
CBS 7’s Matt Rist spoke to Karen Hood about her qualifications and her vision for the office.
In her new office as interim tax assessor, Ms. Hood said it was not a political decision and shared with me what she calls experience that set her apart.
It's a busy day at the tax office as Karen Hood digs in as interim assessor. Last week, the court voted her in over opponent Manny Natividad and former assessor Kathy Reeves.
Questions were raised at last week's commissioners meeting after it was thought Natividad would get the interim spot, one local leader even called the move revenge by the county judge for the former assessor's run against him.
"Did you ever have any conversations with anyone and ask them to recommend you as interim?”
“Ask them? There were people that knew I was interested in the position,” Karen Hood told CBS 7. “No, I didn’t.”
When asked why the commissioners chose Hood over Natividad, they said it was by recommendation. Hood said she spent seven years as Deputy Chief Assessor with a total of 11 years at the tax office.
Natividad spent two years as Deputy Chief Assessor and about 13 years at the tax office. Natividad has a state certification as tax assessor, Hood said she is pursuing it.
"Do you think there was anything politically to gain by you or Mr. Natividad in getting this appointment?”
"That, I really don’t know. I just know that the Commissioners Court looked at the qualification of the people in the job,” Hood said. “I feel like from my vantage point, they chose the person most qualified for the job.”
Either way, Hood says she is focused on the future.
“They chose the best person, based on my past experience here,” Hood said. “I don’t think anything political was involved at all.”
Both candidates will face off in the primary in March. Karen Hood will remain as interim until at least the November election. Tomorrow night at ten, we'll hear from her opponent, Manny Natividad.