Kenny Phelps, 52, of Holly Springs, is challenging present Cherokee County Tax Commissioner Sonya Little. Little, the former chief deputy tax commissioner, was appointed to fill the position when previous Tax Commissioner David Fields resigned last year.
Phelps will face off against Little in the July 31 Republican Primary.
In making the announcement, Phelps said he plans to provide fiduciary oversight of the tax revenue collected by the county in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
“I will be the tax commissioner who genuinely cares about the residents of our county and will be committed to ensuring that each resident is aware of all exemptions available to them,” Phelps said. “I will be available at both the Canton and Woodstock locations with an open-door policy.”
Under his leadership, Phelps said he pledges fair, effective and efficient management of the Tax Commissioner’s Office, including what he called the underserved elderly.
“All citizens of Cherokee County should and will be treated fairly,” Phelps said in his announcement. “The present economic conditions, now more than ever, mandate that the residents of Cherokee County pay only fair and reasonable taxes for the operation of the county.”
Phelps said his experience with Cherokee County over the last 25 years have given him the insight and inspiration to do the job efficiently and effectively.
“I started in the Building Department and moved to the Planning and Zoning Department, where I was able to leverage problem solving, and innovative skills to implement measures to mitigate issues with the state of Georgia regarding soil contamination and erosion control in the county,” Phelps said.
Phelps’ next assignment was supervising county paving and widening projects funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. He then returned to the development department and projects, which included inspecting the infrastructure of subdivisions and commercial site plans.
In 2004, Phelps became the development inspection manager for the Cherokee County Engineering Department and is still serving in that role today. In 2009, Phelps was awarded Cherokee County Employee of the Year.
“I am a problem solver who will be proactive with regular town hall meetings,” Phelps said. “The tax commissioner’s office, under my leadership, will operate with candor and transparency. I will be visible and available to discuss any issues.”
Phelps has been a resident of Cherokee County since 1972. He and his wife, Lisa Fowler Phelps, have been married for almost 30 years. They have two children, Tyler Phelps, 25, and Lauren Phelps, 19.
He is an active member of First Baptist Church Holly Springs.
Phelps was involved with Cherokee County youth sports for 14 years, including as a coach for Dizzy Dean Baseball, director for Holly Springs Basketball, director at Kenney Askew Park, and vice president of the Cherokee High School Basketball Booster Club.
He is an active member of the Cherokee County Republican Party and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.