New Anderson County Property Assessor Johnny Alley said he wants to increase the number of hours his employees work each week, cross-train employees, and build a website that could help answer public questions.
A Republican, Alley has been a real estate agent for more than eight years and an Anderson County commissioner for about 2.5 years. He defeated Democrat Rick Marlowe in the Aug. 2 county election.
He took office Sept. 1.
During an interview last week, Alley said he was interviewing current office employees—they had to re-apply for their jobs—and planned to increase the work week to 40 hours. It’s now 35 hours, with a one-hour paid lunch.
He said he also wants to cross-train employees and encourage them to take continuing education classes. The employees have an average of 18 years experience, he said.
Alley, who has a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational management, said property assessments have been an issue in Anderson County, just as they have been in Roane County. He said assessments went up by more than 20 percent in Anderson County in the 2010 reappraisal.
Alley said his office has eight employees, including him, and had $368,000 in expenditures last year.