Voyles Martin appointed new Columbia County tax assessor

She was sworn into office Monday evening.

By J.D. Bailey
Special to

After an hour-long executive session Monday night, the Columbia County Quorum Court by overwhelming majority appointed Voyles Martin as the new Columbia County assessor.

The longtime county employee was among four applicants for the position and now fills the void left by Sandra Cawyer, the former tax assessor who resigned her elected office on July 5 to become director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Division.

Martin brings plenty of experience to the position. She has been an employee with the local assessor’s office since 2001. She was previously a deputy assessor and since 2015 has held the title of team leader.

“I’m just very appreciative of the Quorum Court considering me for the position, and I look forward to serving the citizens of Columbia County,” said Martin after her swearing-in ceremony on Monday night.

The appointment was also historic. Martin is the county’s first African-American tax assessor. Read more.

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