What's next for the Columbia Co. Tax Commissioners Office?

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News 12 at 6 O'clock / Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Columbia County, Ga. (WRDW) -- "Last night was something that we've been working on for quite a while," said Ron Cross, Chairman for Columbia County Commissioners.

A little spring cleaning around Columbia County. Former tax commissioner, Kay Allen's name, already halfway gone. Her husband Charles Allen is out of office too.

But who's replacing them?

"I believe we have to call the special election for the commission seat," said Cross. "Governor has to call for a special election for the tax commissioner."

Cross says both elections could happen along with the November general elections.

"Give people time to evaluate and look and maybe have some good candidates come forward," he said.

But what about Steven Adams? He was once Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner, now, he's the new Kay Allen, temporary of course.

"Of course he would be eligible to run if he desired," said Cross.

What was Adams response?

"I will not run for it no, I will fulfill the position until they can get someone in, hopefully who that is qualified," said Steve Adams, Interim Tax commissioner for Columbia County.

Adams's been running the office for the last month and will be there for a while, until Allen's official replacement is officially named.

"We're trying to right now is win back the confidence of the public," said Adams.

Cross says, "You know people would be disappointed that supposedly she got away with something."

Allen was ordered to pay back 80,000 dollars of what she collected from Harlem and Grovetown.

"This was the only way to get this over when we thought it was past time for it to be over," said Cross.

Which means time for new beginnings in the tax commissioners office and across Columbia County too.

"The quicker we can come to a conclusion, the better it is for the tax payers and we can move on with the change that's necessary," said Cross.