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Hall's chief tax appraiser resigns post
Mike Henderson leaves Dec. 1 for position in another county
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Mike Henderson, Hall County's chief tax appraiser, has resigned.

Henderson, who turned in his resignation Wednesday night, has taken a position in another county, according to County Administrator Charley Nix.

"Mike has done a good job for Hall County, and we wish him well in his new position," said Whit Powell Jr., chairman of the board of assessors.

The county has begun a search for a new chief appraiser.

Henderson has worked for the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors since 1988. He became the residential appraisal supervisor in 2001 and began serving as chief appraiser in June 2005.

Henderson nearly left the county two years ago following a controversy with his own taxes.

A citizen watchdog group brought complaints against him in 2008, and an auditing firm reported he received a homestead exemption on a property where he did not live and owed $890 after the exemption was removed and the value of his property was readjusted.

In December 2008, the board of tax assessors voted 3-2 to reinstate Henderson as chief appraiser following the audit of his tax records.

Paul Barnes, president of the Hall County Citizens for Efficient Government, said he was pleased to hear of Henderson's resignation.

"I for one am glad he's gone," Barnes said. "Part of the problem is gone. We're not through. We still have problems in that office and we're going to be keeping a watch on it."

Nix said Henderson's resignation had nothing to do with the county.

"It was his decision and he sought out employment himself," Nix said. "It was a totally voluntary resignation.

"Mike has spent many years with the county and I think he's done a good job for us."

Henderson couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.