Outgoing County Assessor Kelly Miller (seated) with Brandy Dobbs who was appointed to fill the position.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Kelly Miller, who has served as Sequoyah County's tax assessor since January 2017, has resigned her position. Her last day in office will be June 4.
Miller has taken a job as a business personal property specialist with the Oklahoma Tax Commission's Ad Valorem Division, where she will be assisting each of the 77 counties in the Sooner State with all things related to business personal property.
“I'm super excited” about the new job, Miller said Tuesday during the Sequoyah County Commissioners' weekly meeting, where her resignation was announced, but she noted that the decision to leave was “bittersweet” because she has “loved and enjoyed” the 15-plus years she has worked at the courthouse. She said it has been an honor to work with the citizens and the commissioners of Sequoyah County.
District 3 County Commissioner Jim Rogers said Miller had done an “excellent job” as tax assessor and that her office had made “great strides” in allowing the county to provide “top-notch services” to customers. “We wish her nothing but the best,” he said.
In 2017, Miller was appointed to fill the remaining two years of retiring Sequoyah County Assessor Donna Graham's term. Miller ran unopposed for the position in 2019.
After the announcement of Miller's resignation Tuesday, the commissioners met in executive session to discuss the appointment of her replacement. A short time later, the commissioners reconvened the meeting and announced that Brandy Dobbs, who has been Miller's first deputy for the past four years, would fulfill the remainder of Miller's term, which expires in about 18 months. She will have to run for re-election in 2022, Miller said.
Dobbs, who has worked at the courthouse for the past eight years, said she looks forward to the challenge. “I know it's going to be a big task, but I'm going to do my best. I know the direction we need to be going in and I'm ready,” she said.
Miller said that even though she is taking a new job, she isn't going far. “I'm not moving,” she said. “The Oklahoma Tax Commission is allowing me to work primarily from home, so I have the best of both worlds.” And she says she is leaving the assessor's office in good hands.
“Brandy will do a great job,” Miller said. “She is more than qualified.”
From left, Commissioner Ray Watts, Miller, Commissioners Jim Rogers and Beau Burlison.
Also during the commissioners meeting Miller was honored for 15 years of employment with the Sequoyah County Courthouse.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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