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Dear GAAO Contacts:
Mr. Ashley O’Donald
President, Georgia Association of Assessing Officials
Hand delivered this date at the 58th Annual GAAO Summer Conference called Executive Board Meeting
Announced at the Attendee Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Please see notice at the close of this announcement.
It has been my honor to serve our great Association as Executive Director since January 1, 2006. At the end of this year I will have
served in this capacity for 13 years. I have seen our Association grow in membership, professionalism, technology, and
educational offerings. GAAO has afforded me many opportunities to travel, have influence and serve our members in ways I never
dreamed possible. I have enjoyed my service and would not take anything for the rich memories and most importantly, the deep
and true friendships I have found.
This being said, I wish to submit my resignation as Executive Director of GAAO effective December 31, 2018. In no way should
this be interpreted as meaning I no longer wish to be an active part of GAAO. I have been a member for 35 years, served as
President and spent 7 years on the Executive Board. Of our active Members only 11 have been a member longer and still active in
our profession. My decision to resign has not been easy and without much prayer. I am at peace that this is the right decision for
In plain words, one does not experience the serious injury and illness I have experienced in the past 9 months and not spend a lot
of time in life review and decision making. I make no secret of the busy yet fulfilling lifestyle I lead. My family and especially my
wife have been through this as well and I could not have made it without them. My jurisdiction has been kind to me and has
allowed me to serve but frankly it needs and deserves more of my attention. Further yet however, and most compelling in my
decision to resign is that I feel strongly God spared my life to serve Him in greater capacity than I have in the past. What strength
and extra energy He may give me, I simply feel compelled to offer in return to His service.
I believe the current Executive Board to be capable of naming my replacement and urge you to work together as this will be the
most important decision in your service to GAAO. I leave the Association on firm ground financially and in strength. I have no
regrets nor feel any compulsion other than what is stated above. I also stand ready to assist in a smooth transition of leadership in
the position of Executive Director as I have a strong desire to see GAAO grow in numbers and statue and most importantly,
remain viable to our membership. Our viability is tied to the self education of ourselves and has been and is near and dear to my
heart. As stated, I have a lot of figurative and literal, blood sweat and tears invested in our past and future and will be willing to
assist in any way our membership may need me.
The GAAO Executive Board has appointed an Executive Director Search Committee comprised of, Stephen
White, Chairman and members Dana Burch, Steve Swindell and John Scott. Interested Parties may submit
resumes and qualifications to Chairman Stephen white at Stephen.White@cobbcounty.org
All qualified applications will be considered and The elected Executive Board of GAAO will make the final
decision. The successful candidate will enter a contractual agreement with GAAO as outlined by the GAAO
Constitution and By-Laws. These documents are available at www.gaao.org