Michael J. Barnhill has been hired for the new position of Chief Tax Administrator with the Douglas County Tax Commissioner’s Office, Commission Chairman Romona Jackson Jones told the Sentinel Friday afternoon.

Jones said Barnhill will begin work this Monday, March 13.

According to Jones, Barnhill will be responsible for administration and tax collection work in the Douglas County Tax Commissioner's Office. His duties will include oversight for handling delinquent tax matters of the tax office, setting up repayment plans, administering penalties for default and identifying repeat tax offenders.

Barnhill, who lost in a race against Tim Pounds for Douglas County Sheriff in November, resigned his position as a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office on March 7, 2016 to run for sheriff.

A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Barnhill gave over 25 years of service with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and worked in all facets within the DCSO under three sheriffs.

Since 1990 he received over 6,000 hours of Post Council Certified training hours. He is also a graduate of Mercer University’s Public Safety Leadership course of study.

The Board of Commissioners approved the new position of Chief Tax Administrator in the Tax Commissioner's Office at a salary of $67,430.78; with a benefits package, the total cost of the new position to taxpayers is $89,000.

The Chief Tax Administrator position was one of two new positions that Tax Commissioner Greg Baker sought to add to his office earlier this year.

During a Feb. 20 BOC work session, Baker, a Democrat who was elected Tax Commissioner in November, asked the commissioners for two new positions in the tax commissioner’s office at a cost of $148,000. The second position was for a Tax Settlement Coordinator, which was denied funding by the BOC in a vote at its Feb. 21 legislative meeting.

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