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Midland Interim Tax Assessor Debate

Concerned citizens are speaking out calling the appointment of Midland County Interim Tax Assessor Karen Hood controversial.
MIDLAND -- Concerned citizens are speaking out calling the appointment of Midland County Interim Tax Assessor Karen Hood controversial.

“I think they wanted to make a statement that they can do whatever they want to do, and they did it,” said former Midland County Tax Office Chief Deputy, Terry Burge.
 
Former tax office chief deputy tells us after 30 years she quit when the court named Karen Hood as Interim Tax Assessor.

“I am very disappointed,” said Terry Burges.

Burge explains her and others thought Manny Natividad was the most qualified for the interim position.

“We were all shocked really that Manny didn’t get chosen as the interim, he has all the qualifications, he has been there,” said Terry Burges.

And they don’t understand how Hood was chosen by the commissioners.

“They [Karen Hood didn’t provide the commissioners with a resume] didn’t have a resume I just think that, it was pretty much a quick doing whatever it is that they worked out,” said Terry Burges.

No one seems to know how what happened.

“My understanding is that the person that is there is not qualified the reason I say that is because I never saw a resume I never saw any of her qualifications, I just know that that person worked in the tax office before and that’s really all I know about her,” said County Commissioner, Luis Sanchez.

After Commissioner Sanchez’s motion was shut-down, Hood was the only name brought up, and approved by a vote of 3 to 1, with Sanchez voting against.

“I am very disappointed that Commissioner Sanchez who proposed a candidate didn’t propose someone alternative, when we didn’t second his motion,” said Midland County Judge, Mike Bradford.

I am very disappointed that the Commissioners chose not to bring anybody else up or interview anyone, nobody else was brought up.

So when we asked Bradford why Karen Hood was chosen….

“I can’t tell you right now, I talked to several people and they suggested that’s what we do and I just follow the lead of the people who I asked,” said Mike Bradford.

Although he admits mistakes were made.

“There’s not much we can do about it at this point, but were learning, were learning,” said Mike Bradford.

Karen Hood told us after working at the Tax Assessor’s office for more than a decade, she thinks she is qualified for the position.
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