Sandra Cawyer has been named the new director for the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Division (ACD). She is succeeding Bear Chaney, who recently retired, as ACD director.
In her new role, Cawyer will oversee the department that is charged with working with county assessors throughout the state in an effort to ensure “equitable and uniform property tax treatment for all taxpayers, local government officials and school districts,” according to a news release.
The ACD is a division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).
“While Arkansans may associate DFA with our Revenue Offices, ACD also has an impact on millions of Arkansans each year,” DFA Commissioner of Revenue Charlie Collins said in a statement. “Accurate assessments ensure school districts throughout the state are properly funded. If assessments are inaccurate and inconsistent, school districts feel the consequences. Sandra understands this and brings a thorough understanding and knowledge of the process to ACD.”
Most recently, Cawyer served as the Columbia County Assessor, a position she held for nine years. She began her county government career in 1999.
“Sandra has the experience and relationships needed to understand the role property taxes play in Arkansas, and I am excited to have her leadership and perspective at DFA,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said.