Monday morning County Judge Craig McNair and all four of our county’s commissioners met to choose a replacement for retiring Liberty County’s retired tax collector Mark McClelland. The result was the appointment of Ricky Brown of Dayton.
Congratulations to Mr. Brown! Conservative Republicans have stood on the sideline for decades and watched the good ole boy system replace, appoint, and elect Democrats and people who have been unwilling to help change the county. Your appointment is encouraging to all of us who want professional business people to go into the courthouse and with fresh eyes look to improve the way business is conducted in our county.
Friendly service from the tax collector’s office is important and a sense that everyone is being dealt with in a fair and equal manner is imperative. The tax collector’s office deals with a variety of citizens, but inevitably some are under a great deal of stress when they come down to pay taxes. That office has some really good people in it and helping them create a friendly warm work environment with a professional approach tempered with a compassionate tone is what most taxpayers expect. Ricky Brown will be good at all of this.
The majority of negative comments about this department sent to Liberty Dispatch have involved the duplication of voter registration cards and suspicions about past large payments made to John Archer and other financial arrangements Mark McClelland made to deal with delinquent taxes. Someone new and sharp like Ricky Brown gives Liberty County an opportunity to clean up the past and to build a better future.