He is seeking his sixth term as assessor after previously working six years for former property assessor Doug Elrod.
Thompson has taken several real estate appraisal courses offered by the state of Tennessee and is continuing his education when courses become available. Thompson received his designation as Certified Public Administrator in 2000, which is made available by the County Officials Certificate Training Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
“When I was elected my goals for the office were to upgrade using technology and to have an office staff that is knowledgeable and willing to work with the public in a courteous and timely manner. I feel I have met those goals. Both the tax maps and the property record cards can be viewed at the Bradley County website. By giving the public access to our records it saves time and money for the taxpayer. Although the public can access our records from anywhere in the world, my main goal is to have a courteous and knowledgeable staff, which I do have.
“Many times the comment has been made by visitors from other jurisdictions on how much they enjoy coming to our office because of good records we keep and the willingness to assist them. I am very fortunate to have the staff of employees I have. In the next term my goals include improving our CAMA and Geographic Information System and placing the system on the Internet for public access. Also, in 2013 Bradley County is scheduled for a state-mandated countywide reappraisal.
The 2013 Reappraisal will be processed by the Bradley County Assessors office with minimum assistance from the state of Tennessee. All reviews and calculations will be completed by the staff of the Bradley County Assessors Office. The Department of Property Assessments will be involved by ensuring that Bradley County is following the rules set by the state. Laws and conditions change and we must adjust to them.
“In 2009 the Tax Freeze program for the elderly was initiated by Bradley County. My staff is working closely with Trustee Mike Smith and his staff to insure that the program continues to be successful,” he said.
Thompson is a lifelong resident of Bradley County. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thompson. He is a graduate of Bradley Central High School, Cleveland State Community College and Tusculum College where he received his bachelor of science in organizational management. He now serves as chairman of the Bradley County/Cleveland G.I.S. Board, which serves to aid many city and county departments. Thompson is currently serving as president of the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers in which he was selected as the 2010 Tennessee Assessor of the Year.
Thompson is married to the former Holly Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Johnson of Bradley County. The Thompsons have two children and one grandchild, Matthew who is married to the former Morgan Tucker and Maggie who is a junior at Bradley Central High School. The Thompsons attend South Cleveland Church of God.
“I appreciate the confidence that the citizens of Bradley County have in me by electing me to office and look forward to serving Bradley County in the future. Please exercise your right to vote March 6.”