GAAO Names Larry Arnold Honorary Lifetime Member

The Georgia Association of Assessing Officials (GAAO) would like to honor Larry Arnold, retired Chief Appraiser of Cook County and GAAO Past President, who received a lifetime honorary membership, posthumously, into the organization. Nominated by GAAO Vice President Dana Burch, Larry was confirmed as an honorary member after a vote by the membership during the semiannual membership meeting. Dana accepted this designation on behalf of Larry’s wife,  Doris, who was unable to attend the meeting. Mr. Arnold was honored, alongside retired Richmond County Chief Appraiser Alveno Ross and retired Coweta County Chief Appraiser Mike Marchese. Please join us in honoring Larry’s life and legacy.

The following was presented by Dana Burch in nomination of Larry Arnold for GAAO Honorary Lifetime Membership

I am honored and would like to take the opportunity to nominate Larry Arnold for Honorary Lifetime Member of the GAAO:

I met Larry Arnold at Short Course in 1989, he immediately took me and my side kick Dawn Pruett under his wing.  He was more than a mentor he was family.  He and Doris called often to check on their girls, seemed to know when we needed to hear from them.  I know GAAO events will never be same without Larry there.

Larry started his long 40 plus year career with Cook County as a Board of Assessors member.  After a few years he was asked to take over the Chief Appraiser position.  He remained on the board a few years while Chief Appraiser and had recently went back on the board so he could continue to serve even after retiring as Chief Appraiser.  During all this time Larry also had a “side” job.  He was a farmer that grew peanut, hay and raised cows. Larry will truly be missed by the Cook County Tax Assessor’s Office as well as the community.

Larry Arnold joined GAAO on January 1, 1980.  With over 40 years as a member, at the time of his decease Larry was one of the longest members of GAAO in continuous years of service.  Larry served on the Executive Board and served as President in 2004-2005.  He was president the year that Bob Wilson retired as Executive Director.   Larry served on many GAAO committees including Membership and Promotions, Nominations, Education Steering and Summer Conference Committee and worked the joint GAAO/DOR Committee in drafting what is now the Appraisal Procedures Manual. Larry was an avid supporter of the GAAO Summer Conference and worked tirelessly to gather items for the Auction and Member Gift Bags. We will miss him as well as his leadership in GAAO. Larry began, as well as a lot of others,calling Jekyll the family reunion, and it is just that.

Doris is very sorry she could not be here, but she had a previous obligation she could not reschedule.