People: Floyd Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne elected president of the Georgia Association of Tax Officials. Vanessa Waddell of the elections office honored. Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Atlanta.  National guest on Kudzu Vine Sunday.

People: Floyd Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne elected president of the Georgia Association of Tax Officials. Vanessa Waddell of the elections office honored. Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Atlanta. National guest on Kudzu Vine Sunday.

The Georgia Association of Tax Officials recently elected Floyd County Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne as its 2017-2018 president.  Payne was elected to a two-year term at the association’s annual training conference held last week in Athens.  The association, comprised of tax commissioners for all 159 counties across the state, selected Payne for his outstanding leadership and achievements in providing top notch services to taxpayers as well as to the local city and county governing authority and schools.  Payne has served as Floyd County Tax Commissioner since 2008.  Payne, in his new post as president of the association, will now tackle matters affecting all tax offices, including legislative issues that affect Georgia taxpayers paying property taxes and registering motor vehicles. As president, Payne will be the chief executive officer of the association and will preside over all association business and represent the association in all related tax matters.

Vanessa Waddell of the Floyd County Elections Office has been recognized with a 20-year certificate of attendance from the University of orgia’s prestigious Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens.  Said Elections Board Chairman Steve Miller: “this commitment from Ms. Waddell toattend these annual meetings on such a consistent basis is indicative of her willingness to stay informed of the election responsibilities and regulations pertinent to her position, for the benefit of the Floyd County Elections office, as well as the electorate of our community.” Waddell was presented with the certificate at the Georgia Election Officials Association 32nd Annual Conference held May 7-10 in Savannah.

The three bishops of Atlanta. Auxiliary Bishop Luis R Zarama, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Bishop-elect Ned Shlesinger.

Pope Francis has named Father Bernard E. (Ned) Shlesinger, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Shlesinger was introduced Monday morning by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. “”With deep gratitude, I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis for the appointment of the Reverend Bernard E. Shlesinger, III, a Priest of the Diocese of Raleigh as an Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta.  Bishop-Elect Shlesinger [Ned] comes to us from a diocese within the Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta where he has longed enjoyed the endorsement of the bishops of our Province and the well-deserved respect, admiration, and affection of the clergy, religious, and faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh.  I warmly welcome him to the Archdiocese of Atlanta and I look forward to working with him in service to this local Church. Ned is a man of prayer, prudence, and apostolic zeal.  He has served in many different capacities within the Diocese of Raleigh as a Pastor, Vocation Director, Member of the Presbyteral Council, and recently as Director of Spiritual Formation for Saint Charles Borromeo Theologate in Philadelphia.  He is eminently qualified to assume these new responsibilities as Auxiliary Bishop in Atlanta and I welcome him with an enthusiastic and jubilant heart.  I am certain that we all will come to know and love him and discover how truly fortunate we are to have been sent this man of faith and pastoral skill.” His Episcopal Ordination will occur at Christ the King Cathedral at a soon to be determined date.

Matthew Dowd, an American political consultant who serves as an ABC news analyst and who was the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign joins David McLaughlin’s Kudzu Vine Sunday at 7 p.m. Updates at Facebook

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