Chief as­ses­sor heads to Gwinnett

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

New­ton County Chief As­ses­sor Tommy Knight will leave the job he’s held for 18 years at week’s end for a po­si­tion with Gwinnett County.

He’ll be the com­mer­cial as­ses­sor there, which sounds like but by no means ac­tu­ally is a de­mo­tion, he said.

“Gwinnett County’s com­mer­cial (tax) di­gest is larger than the en­tire New­ton di­gest,” Knight said. He called it a “very, very in­ter­est­ing po­si­tion.”

Knight turned in his res­ig­na­tion Mon­day, July 28. He said he wasn’t look­ing to move on. But when the job came open, he had to go for it.

“It was just an op­por­tu­nity that came along,” he said. “It’s a mixed bag of emo­tions. The county’s been very good for me. No com­plaints at all. … It was just an op­por­tu­nity that kind of came my way, an op­por­tu­nity I want to explore.”

Knight is a na­tive of Rock­dale County.

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