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Commissioners consider new tax administrator hire


Samuel Croom


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners is expected to hire a new tax administrator at tonight’s regular meeting, filling a post that’s been open since January.

Samuel B. Croom, currently the collection division coordinator with the Wayne County tax office, is the county manager’s recommendation to fill the post vacated by Cathy Booker Jan. 1. Booker formally announced her retirement in November.

Prior to his work in Wayne County, Croom served as the Jones County Tax Administrator for about four years. He started his career as a revenue officer with the North Carolina Department of Revenue in 2005. He was later promoted to revenue field auditor, covering nine counties within the eastern North Carolina region.

Along with appointing Croom, the commissioners must approve a financial bond that insures him and the county against claims. Elliott recommended hiring Croom for an initial term of two years which will run through Sept. 4 until June 30, 2020. 

Elliott said W. Chip Main, the interim tax administrator, will remain in the role of deputy tax assessor, and Ramon Revilla will continue serving as deputy tax collector.

Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in the Eugene James Auditorium on the second floor of the Pitt County Office Building, 1717 W. Fifth St. Also on the agenda:

■ Approval of a bid to repair the floor at the Pitt County Solid Waste and Recycling transfer station.

■ An update on the Southwest Bypass Corridor Land Use Plan.

■ An update on the animal shelter renovation project.

■ Recognition of new Eagle Scouts.

■ Recognition of Pitt County 10 and under All Star Softball Team, which won the North Carolina State Tournament and placed second in the World Series.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com and 329-9570.