On Monday, Aug. 15, the Property Valuation Administrator’s (PVA) office saw a new face at the helm.
Ernie Perkins, the Republican candidate for the PVA position, has been appointed by the governor to fill the vacant seat left by the passing of Milburn VanMeter.
According to a press release issued by Governor Matt Bevin’s office, the governor appointed Perkins to the position on Friday, Aug. 12 to serve according to the provisions of section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution.
The section states, if an unexpired term is left vacant and more than three months are left before an election can determine who should fill the seat, the governor may fill the seat by appointment.
Perkins’ appointment will expire when the November General Election is held and the voters of Grayson County select the next PVA officer by vote.
Previously, Perkins held the position of Emergency Management Director for Grayson County.
He resigned that position when he received the endorsement from the Republican Party as the PVA candidate.
Judge Executive Gary Logsdon appointed Tony Willen to fill the position in an executive order, while the position of Occupational Tax Administrator and Perkins’ seat on the Board of Elections will be filled later on in the year.
Perkins has a business degree from Western Kentucky University and has worked in finance both in Louisville and in Grayson County. He is also a real estate investor and has many plans if elected.
Some of these plans include making the office more efficient and user friendly, building relationships with other county offices affiliated with the PVA, and fighting to keep assessments low, according to Perkins.
“We will never forget who we work for, which is the people of Grayson County,” said Perkins, who added that being PVA Director is, “Just something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.