Tax appraiser running for chairman

COVINGTON -- Newton County Assistant Chief Appraiser Marcus Jordan is running as a Democrat for chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

Jordan issued a press release stating that the theme of his campaign will be "Tomorrow Starts Today."

"As Newton County's population increases, the citizens must continue to prepare for the future," Jordan's press release states. "It is time to implement a new vision today that will continue to promote the creation of jobs for the citizens of Newton County and ensure the water resources for our community are enough to meet the needs of tomorrow."

Jordan said he stands for accountability, receptiveness and transparency in local government.

As assistant chief appraiser in the Newton County Tax Assessors Office, Jordan is responsible for making sure employees act in accordance with county policies, procedures and laws. He addresses complaints and assists with the preparation of annual department budgets. He also consults with taxpayers regarding property values, appeals and errors in valuation or recorded information.

A Newton native and U.S. Navy veteran, Jordan began working for local government in 1996. He worked in the city of Covington's sanitation department and then as a meter reader before becoming an entry level appraiser for the Tax Assessors Office. He has been assistant chief appraiser for nine years.

Jordan has served as chairman of the Library Board of Trustees and is an active member of Sims Chapel Baptist Church, where he is assistant treasurer and president of the men's ministry.