GAAO has several working committees. Each represents a specific subject area. Some are specified in the GAAO Constitution and others exist to enhance knowledge and further the mission of GAAO.


   We welcome and encourage our members to become involved with a committee. We solicit members from small, medium and large counties alike. We believe that diversity assures that all counties have an opportunity to express their ideas and work toward goals that are effective for all of us.


   Most Committee Chairs are named at the Semi-Annual Business meeting in November of each year. Chairs of the Legislative Policy Statement Committee and the Director of Legislative Affairs are appointed at the Annual Summer Conference. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact the appropriate committee chair.



2017  COMMITTEE CHAIRS/APPOINTEES:                                                                                                View 2017 Committee Members


AUDIT - Andrea Crutchfield, Bibb County

(478) 621-6719

Reviews the financial records and reports for the General Fund and Summer Conference Fund for at least one (1) accounting period during the year.  Prepares a written report of findings to present at either of the semi-annual business meetings during the year.


CHAPLAIN - Steve Watson, Hall County



COMMERCIAL - Marion Williams, DeKalb County

(404) 371-2526

The Commercial Committee offers research and assistance in the valuation of commercial property in the State of Georgia and offers recommendations regarding legislative policy.


DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS - Steve Swindell, Cherokee County

(678) 493-6140

The Director of Legislative Affairs is appointed by the President-Elect during the annual summer conference. The Director is responsible for carrying legislative issues for the association, interacting with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), the Department of Revenue, legislators, and others involved in developing policy regarding assessment administration. The Director of Legislative Affairs shall serve as a member of the Legislative Policy Committee.


EDUCATION - Stephen White, Cobb County

(770) 528-3106

The Education Committee addresses the educational needs of assessors and appraisers in the State of Georgia. It determines topics of current interest, develops and presents one-day seminars sponsored by GAAO. This committee prepares a written annual report that is presented to the Education Steering Committee to offer input into the Georgia Certification Program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Revenue.


ELECTION - Stephanie Lee, Screven County

(912) 564-7918

The Election Committee is responsible for the proper conduct of the election to include certification of voters and ballots, the vote count and the declaration of elected officials. This committee may adopt and promulgate such rules and procedures as may be necessary to ensure the proper and orderly conduct of the annual election and submit to the Executive Board for approval.


LEGISLATIVE POLICY - Michael Marchese, Coweta County

(770) 254-2680

The Legislative Policy Committee is responsible for preparing the Legislative Policy Statement that is presented to the Georgia Legislature during each annual session. The purpose of the policy statement is to inform legislators and GAAO members of the concerns and recommendations involving legislation or proposed legislation that affect property tax administration. 


MEMBERSHIP AND PROMOTION - Amanda Clark , Houston County

(478) 218-4750

The Membership Committee is responsible for promoting membership in GAAO. It prepares brochures, flyers, and other promotional items as needed. The committee reviews the membership numbers and determines any needs for changing district lines.


NOMINATIONS - Terry Ross , Camden County

(912) 576-0273

The Nominations Committee is responsible for selecting members in good standing as candidates for offices of President, President-Elect, Vice-President, and any open district positions on the Executive Board. The committee makes its presentation of selected nominees at the Summer Conference business meeting. The committee chair will also call for nominations from the floor at that time.



(229) 759-6010

This committee is charged with the development of basic templates of various policies that may be adapted into local policy to be approved and adopted by the local Board of Assessors.


PARLIAMENTARIAN - Kathy Newton, Bulloch County

(912) 764-0117


PERSONAL PROPERTY - Cathy Emery, Cobb County

(770) 528-3123

The Personal Property Committee is responsible for addressing issues that deal with personal property taxation. It offers research and assistance in the area of assessment methodology and recommendations regarding legislative policy.


PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS - Mary Kirkpatrick, Forsyth County

(770) 205-4617

The Professional Admissions Committee administers the Georgia Certified Appraiser (GCA) designation, an official commendation bestowed by the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials on those of its members who have demonstrated the possession of excellent knowledge and skills in the mass appraisal of property for ad valorem purposes. It is an honor to achieve the designation and each member of GAAO is encouraged to strive to achieve this distinction.


RULES,REGULATIONS, AND BY-LAWS- Michael Marchese, Coweta County

(770) 254-2680

The Rules, Regulations and By-Laws Committee may adopt and promulgate changes to the GAAO Constitution and By-Laws as approved by the Executive Board and majority vote of the eligible voting members. It reviews both the Constitution and By-Laws annually for any needed changes.


SUMMER CONFERENCE - John Scott, Bulloch County

(912) 764-0116

The Summer Conference Committee consists of the Executive Director, who chairs this committee, the President, the President-Elect, and a secretary that is appointed by the Chairman. This committee is responsible for planning the GAAO Summer Conference.


TECHNOLOGY/GIS - Cody Hamilton, Miller County

(229) 758-4100

Work with the Website Coordinator and all committees to find ways to enhance and improve the GAAO Website and to develop better ways to promote the Committees' missions.  Look for new technology that would benefit the appraisal staff.  Be prepared to work with DOR and the Executive Board on any GIS issues that arise.


WEBSITE COORDINATOR - Cody Hamilton, Miller County  

(229) 758-4100

Responsible for posting information submitted for the GAAO Website, if space is available.  Coordinator also maintains website so all information posted is working properly

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