Longtime employee seeks Commissioner of Revenue

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 20, 2019 - 02:03 PM

Ware Neck resident JoAnne Harris, 58, has announced she is seeking the Republican nomination for the Commissioner of the Revenue seat in Gloucester County. The seat is currently held by Kevin Wilson, who announced recently that he will not be seeking re-election.

Harris said she has worked in that office for 25 years and has worked for Gloucester County government for 32 years. She previously worked in the Gloucester County Treasurer’s Office.

“I have always taken pride in the customer service that I have given the citizens of Gloucester County, making sure they receive the best customer service that they deserve,” Harris said. “With working with some of the same citizens from year to year, it’s like having an extended family … and I believe you will see the result of that at the polls.”

She said in her years working in the COR’s office, she has been trained in a number of aspects of the office, including helping the public in assisting them with State Tax Returns and Estimated Tax; training with the Virginia Department of Taxation on that matter; processing BPOL and Excise taxes; assessed tangible personal property in the county; received State Compensation Board training on payroll; worked closely with the elderly and disabled citizens in Gloucester to help them file for tax relief; worked closely with disabled veterans in the county to help them file for tax relief and processed Land Use applications, working closely with land owners, farmers and forestry officials to make sure they reap the benefits of the program to preserve the lands of Gloucester.

Harris said she has been certified as a Master Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue since 2012, earning re-certification most recently this past November through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.