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Dawson County tax appraiser resigns after drug arrest

POSTED: May 16, 2013 12:35 a.m.

Dawson County’s chief tax appraiser has resigned following his arrest last week on misdemeanor drug charges.

Michael Joseph Roberts, 36, who had held the position for two years, was arrested May 7 at his office. He was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a drug-related object.

According to County Manager Cindy Campbell, Roberts submitted his resignation to the board of tax assessors the next day. The five-member panel makes decisions concerning the operation and management of the office.

“The board of assessors will be meeting to discuss the situation and determine a plan of action to ensure the operations of the Dawson County property evaluation office continue without interruption,” Campbell wrote in an email.

According to Dawson County Sheriff’s Maj. Tony Wooten, Roberts’ arrest stemmed from a tip that an odor of marijuana was coming from his vehicle in the government center parking lot.


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