Hickman sworn in a county assessor

By Vicki Hyatt | Oct 14, 2016
Photo by: Candace Way photo Register of Deeds Sherri Rogers, left, swears in Judy Hickman as the new Haywood County Assessor as Tax Administrator David Francis holds the Bible.

Judy Hickman, a county employee who has worked with taxes for 18 years in practically every aspect of the field, was appointed as the county assessor at the last county commissioner meeting.

Hickman started her career with the county in 1998 in the tax collector's office, and the following year, moved to the assessor’s office to work in the personal property division.  In 2002, she became the business personal property supervisor and was appointed as the assistant assessor in 2010.

The Haywood County native is a 1991 Tuscola High School graduate and has been married for 22 years. She has certifications as a county real and personal property appraiser, assessment administration and tax administration.  She has also completed and passed exams in  fundamentals of property tax listing and assessing, fundamentals of real property appraisal, personal property audit seminar, advanced real and personal property seminars and assessment of personal property.  She served as the president of the Western Carolina Tax Association in 2006-07 and was re-elected to serve as the current president.

"I have a great group of employees to work with and am very honored and humbled at the opportunity in continuing to be a public servant to the citizens of Haywood County," Hickman said. "The assessor/reappraisal office has been working diligently on the 2017 county wide reappraisal, and my goal is to ensure that all properties are appraised in accordance to the law and that excellent customer service is provided to all citizens."

Following the retirement of Assessor Judy Ballard, Tax Administrator David Francis stepped in to oversee the office until a new assessor could be hired.