Holly named assessor

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

STAR STAFF
khelms@starhq.com

   Gerald Holly, employed in the Carter County Assessor of Property office nearly five years, began his first day Tuesday as interim assessor succeeding John Holsclaw, who had served in that capacity 27 years.
   Holsclaw resigned Feb. 21 and his resignation became effective Monday.
   Holly worked in real estate six years prior to his job at the assessor's office. He was also the state director for the Northeast Association of Realtors as well as treasurer and finance committee chairman for two years.
   Carter County Executive Dale Fair said that, by law, if there is a gap between the time the assessor exits the office and the time that the commission votes on a new assessor, it is the assessor's responsibility to appoint an interim successor.
   Fair said he received a letter March 18 in which Holsclaw designated Holly as temporary assessor of property until the Carter County Commission meets and appoints a new assessor.
   Applications are now being accepted. As of Wednesday, Holly, Dan Birkner, Raymond Hill, Gregory McCracken, Luther Grindstaff, and Ted Weaver have submitted applications.
   Holly said his first day on the job was a busy one. "We're working, trying to do what we can, and I count it an honor to try to work with the people of Carter County during this time. I'm going to put my skills that I have here toward the assessor's office and try to serve the citizens of Carter County to the best of my ability," Holly said.
   A successor to Holsclaw will be elected at the next regular session of the Carter County Commission, 10 a.m., April 21, in the main courtroom of the Carter County Courthouse, 801 E. Elk Ave. Applications may be obtained at the County Executive's office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and must be received by April 11. For more information, call 542-1801.