County tax administrator resigns

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Tom Bagby has resigned as Brunswick County Tax Administrator.

According to county attorney Huey Marshall, Bagby resigned as tax administrator Friday, Oct. 10.

Bagby, who made an annual salary of $81,390, had served as the county’s tax administrator since April 10, 2006.

When reached at home Tuesday, Bagby said he was surprised when commissioners asked him to resign as tax administrator.

“I resigned at the request of the board,” Bagby said. “I was notified Tuesday (Oct. 7) by the board.”

The county’s tax administrator is appointed by the board of county commissioners, Bagby explained, and said he began is two-year appointment in June 2007.

“I think my record speaks for itself, and that’s why I was surprised,” he said.

Bagby said the tax department, under his leadership, was awarded the Ketner Award, a statewide productivity award, twice in four years.

Prior to being named the county’s tax administrator, Bagby served as county tax collector from January 2003 until April 2006.

Before serving as the tax collector, Bagby worked as the county’s volunteer coordinator since July 2001.

Acting as interim tax administrator is Tom Davis, assistant tax administrator.

Bagby said he has no plans to pursue litigation against the county.

“I resigned. I don’t need to work where I’m not wanted.”

County commissioner Marty Cooke declined to comment, citing personnel laws.