Shonna Colley named as Dougherty County tax director

Dougherty County's new tax director has 26 years of experience with the county's tax office

ALBANY — Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis has named Shonna Colley to replace Denver Hooten as the county’s tax director.

A 26-year county employee, Colley will move into the tax director’s office with Hooten’s official retirement on Dec. 30.

“Shonna is a 26-year veteran with the county, and she’s worked in most of the areas of the tax office,” Crowdis said Tuesday afternoon. “She knows the community, knows the taxpayers, and knows the city, county and school board, all the players.

“She’s maintained an excellent record in her 26 years in the tax office and has a good relationship with the employees in that office. I believe she has their respect and their confidence.”

Colley is an Albany State University graduate who has served as the county’s personal property manager since 2007. She started her career with the county in 1987 as a tax clerk and was promoted to senior tax clerk in 1990. She has since been promoted to appraiser (1990), auditor (1995) and finally personal property manager.

After earning an associate’s degree in office administration from Albany Junior College (now Darton State College) in 1984, Colley finished requirements for her bachelor’s degree in accounting at ASU in 1992.

As tax director, Colley’s annual salary will be $67,772, according to Crowdis.

Crowdis said he started his search for the new tax director in-house, then extended it to make sure the county got the best person for the position.

“We had 32 applications submitted, and I narrowed that group to eight,” the county administrator said. “I convened an interview panel of the county’s finance director (Martha Hendley), the current tax director (Hooten), the Human Resources Director (Alice Goseer-Jenkins) and the assistant county administrator (Mike McCoy) to provide input.

“It was my decision, but I like to get as much input as possible. I narrowed the list to two, held final interviews, then made a decision on Monday. I got the approval of my commission Monday and made the announcement today.”

Hooten announced last month that she would retire at the end of the year to spend more time with her family.

The Dougherty County tax director is the only one in the state that is appointed. Georgia’s other 158 counties elect their directors.