GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Without opposition on the November ballot the Marshall County Revenue Commissioner elect is discussing the opportunity of early appointment.
For the last several months the Marshall County Revenue Commissioner position has been one with conflict. Last year the position was vacated by Joey Masters after he was arrested on ethics violations. Masters resigned shortly after.
Michael Johnson is the Marshall County Revenue Commissioner elect. The position doesn’t require him to start until October, 2015, however he and other officials want to change that.”I’m extremely anxious to get started and get going,” Johnson says, “There’s a lot of work to do, there’s a lot to learn. It’s an enormous job and an enormous responsibility and I’m very anxious to get going.”
County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says the State has been in that office for some time. “The State is running that, been running it for almost two years now, and I’m going to tell you again, the State has done an outstanding job,” Hutcheson says.
Discussions are underway between Johnson, the county and the State that officials hope will ultimately result in Johnson’s early appointment. “As far as a timetable, I would predict it would be sometime this early fall,” Hutcheson says, “October or November some kind of time frame. Of course, the Governor would do the appointment.”
Johnson says the position is one that impacts every person in Marshall County, which is something he doesn’t take lightly. “So just getting that job right, doing it right, being responsible with it, is a positive impact for every community in the county,” Johnson says.
Johnson would have to be appointed to that position this year. His elected position stipulates he start work in 2015.