Macon takes revenue postPublished 11:11am Saturday, April 6, 2013
Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Wetumpka native Thomas “Lee” Macon IV to become Elmore County’s new revenue commissioner, replacing the retiring Mike Harper.
Macon, 35, said Friday he is “extremely excited” to follow in Harper’s footsteps, to get more involved and to serve Elmore County.
He will serve out the final two years of Harper’s term and then run for re-election in November 2014.
The office of Revenue Commissioner is responsible for tax assessment and collection of property taxes and other fees, and maintains detailed maps of all property in the county and who owns it.
“You’re there to serve and to administer tax policies to the top state standards,” Macon said. “It gives you involvement in everything that happens in the county.”
Macon worked under Harper in the revenue office for more than four years. Most recently, he worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Montgomery.
Macon said he was excited about the future, describing the highlights of what might seem a dull, though vital, office.
“With so much of Elmore County, the growth we have seen is in land changing hands,” he said. “You get to be involved in that and know those things that are going on.”
Harper announced two weeks ago that he planned to enter “supernumary status,” which is the state retirement program for long-serving elected officials. He was the only person ever to serve as revenue commission in Elmore County, elected just after the offices of tax collector and tax assessor were combined.
Gov. Bentley asked the Elmore County Republican Executive Committee to prepare a list of potential appointees. Executive Committee Chairman Mike Holmes said Macon’s resume rose to the top for a variety of reasons.
“His educational background stood out,” Holmes said, noting Macon has a degree in finance and was just a handful of credit hours from also earning an accounting degree.
His prior knowledge of the office was also key, Holmes said. In addition, Macon is heavily involved across the county, and has served on the Leadership Elmore County board of directors, the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce board and he currently serves on the board of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. He’s also a member of various clubs and service organizations.
“He is well-known in the county, from the west end of the county all the way over to Tallasssee,” Holmes said. “He’s not just a Wetumpka boy or a Millbrook boy, and he’s really oriented toward community service.”
Macon said he’s already resigned from his position at Merrill Lynch and will take over at the revenue department first thing Monday morning.
“Stepping into Mike’s shoes, I’m almost running from day one,” he said.
Holmes noted that Macon’s resume displayed a wealth of continuing education gleaned from his time working under Harper.
“That gives him a head start to try and match up to what Mike Harper’s amassed over 23 years,” Holmes said.
Macon is married to Misty Macon, and the couple have two daughters, ages 10 and 7.
He said the biggest challenge from day one is “to keep the wheels spinning and running smoothly.”
“Mike’s got a good team there, and my job is just to support them and keep it running,” Macon said.