Macon City Councilman Alveno Ross has emerged as the top candidate to become the new chief appraiser for Augusta-Richmond County.
Ross said Wednesday he was informed Tuesday night of the Richmond County Board of Assessor’s decision to name him the top candidate for the job. However, a formal job offer hasn’t been presented yet, so Ross said there was little he could say.
“It’s a certain phase of the process, and I’m very honored that they had the confidence in my abilities,” Ross said. “It’s still too premature in this process.”
Ross would still have to be approved for the position by the Richmond County Board of Commissioners should he be offered and accept the position.
A phone message was left after business hours for Charles Smith, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Assessors. Smith did not return the call late Wednesday.
Ross was fired in early April after two years as chief appraiser in Monroe County. Ed Hutcheson, chairman of the Monroe County Board of Assessors, declined to say why Ross was fired, calling the decision a personnel matter.
Ross said at the time he believed he was fired for political reasons because County Commission Chairman James Vaughn and a few other property owners appealed Ross’ assessment of their properties.
Ross also served as an appraiser for the Macon-Bibb County Board of Assessors for 26 years before he took the Monroe County job.
Ross said Wednesday he wouldn’t make any other comments about the Richmond County position until a decision had been reached. He would not comment on whether he would give up his Macon City Council seat if he took the job.
“It’s very premature to assume anything,” he said.
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