VIDEO: Cabarrus Commissioners name new tax administrator

After serving in the interim for about six months, David Thrift is Cabarrus County’s new tax administrator.

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners approved the appointment on February 19, with the term running through June, 2020.

As administrator, Thrift oversees the offices of tax collector, tax assessor and land records and a staff of 39.

Thrift started with Cabarrus County about 10 years ago as a temporary data collector. He worked his way up through the ranks, ultimately becoming a real property supervisor and manager prior to becoming interim tax administrator.

Prior to joining the County, he worked in banking, marketing and real estate.

Thrift earned an associate’s degree from Brunswick Community College and studied business management and organization development at Appalachian State University and Mt. Olive College.

Thrift said he sees his role as support for his staff members. “We have a lot of experts and my job is to make sure they are enabled to achieve success.”

“David has done a great job serving in the interim, and the transition to performing his duties as administrator should be seamless,” said Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris. “The Board and management staff believe he will serve our citizens well in this crucial role.”

As for immediate plans, Thrift said his department is gearing up for a countywide revaluation for 2020.  

"It's about a year-and-a-half to two-year project," Thrift said. "We want to be transparent throughout the process so we can educate the taxpayers on what we're doing and how we're doing it."

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