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County Republicans think their Tax Assessor-Collector nominee is Sweet choice

ROCKWALL – The Rockwall County Republican Party has selected Kim Sweet to fill the Rockwall County Tax Assessor-Collector ballot vacancy for the November 6 general election.

The vacancy was created when current Tax Assessor-Collector Barbara Barber submitted her resignation, effective September 1.

According to Rockwall GOP Chairman Tony Fisk,  Sweet has 17 years experience in the automobile title business, has a letter of recommendation from Barber, works regularly with the current staff and is familiar with holding elected office.

She is also the wife of Rockwall Mayor David Sweet.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” she told TheRockwallNews.com. “I am confident that with 17 years of experience in vehicle tax and title processing I will be able to fulfill the demands of the Tax Assessor and strive to provide the best customer service to the citizens of Rockwall County.”

Fisk said they realize there may be some complaints of cronyism but that Sweet really is the best choice, as agreed upon by quite a few Party leaders.

“We laid out the framework of a process to make sure the best candidate was taken,” he said. “I am very pleased with the process we outlined and followed.”

“We started accepting resumes in early July and had a pretty large response. From there we decided to establish a Screening Committee, which created an additional questionnaire to cover in more depth the applicants’ relevant experience and background. Next, the committee narrowed the field down to five finalists, who were in turn interviewed by the entire Executive Committee.  All of the applicants went through a comprehensive process to sort out the nominee.”

“We went through an orderly and objective process to name the best candidate,” he continued. “There was no doubt the choice was made based on a balance of service, qualifications, background, technological grasp, customer service outlook and loyalty to the Republican party.”

There is not yet any word about a Democrat nominee for the position.

By J.J. Smith

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