Bibb County Tax Commissioner Tommy Tedders is retiring from local government after 29 years.
Tedders, 51, said Friday he will retire Aug. 31, turning the job over to Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner Wade McCord, who will be the interim tax commissioner until the position is filled in the November 2016 election.
Tedders, who has been tax commissioner since 2004, said that when he started working for Bibb County in November 1986, he never dreamed he’d have such a long tenure.
“It’s one of those things where you have in the back of your mind, hopefully one day I could obtain the highest position here,” Tedders said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’ve enjoyed the staff here.”
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Although he’s retiring as tax commissioner, Tedders will still be working with taxes in the private sector. He said he will work part-time with Delinquent Tax Services, which collects taxes for local governments.
“I will be doing some of the same duties I did when I first started 29 years ago,” Tedders said. “I’m going full circle.”
As tax commissioner, Tedders has overseen changes in the office, including accepting online payments to providing more training for his staff.
After 2014’s Macon-Bibb County consolidation, the office moved to a new Third Street building that Tedders and McCord pushed to be “customer service friendly,” Tedders said.
Earlier in life, Tedders worked at department store Wilson’s Catalog Showroom in Macon where the focus was on customer satisfaction.
He said his experience in retail impacted how he viewed how the Tax Commissioner’s Office should operate.
“The No. 1 thing that I always realized (as tax commissioner) is I’m a public servant, the staff is a public servant, so we always tried to make sure we put the taxpayer first,” Tedders said.
Commissioner Scotty Shepherd said Tedders has left the office in good shape.
“If Wade (McCord) goes in there, I think we’ll be good to go,” he said. “I know Wade’s been there a while and is more than qualified for the position.”
McCord said he wants to maintain the strong customer service that’s already provided in the office.
“We offer a good service to taxpayers and want to continue that tradition, and that’s what we will do after (Tedders) leaves,” he said.
To contact writer Stanley Dunlap, call 744-4623.