Madison County’s Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) office has a new face since the Oct. 1 retirement of former PVA Steven Smith.

Billy Ackerman, formerly a Realtor for ERA Professional Hometown Services, recently was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to fill the position that began Monday.

Smith served as PVA for 10 years, or approximately two-and-a-half terms. However, he had served as a deputy in the PVA’s office since 1978.

“Some of the retirement benefits were changing and I thought it was time for someone else to take over,” Smith said. “I enjoyed working with the public, starting some of the GIS projects in the mapping division of our department, and hopefully, that will continue on. I wish (Ackerman) the best. I know what he’s facing.”

Ackerman, 33, is a graduate of Madison Central High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in managerial finance from Eastern Kentucky University.

“I knew the position was going to be vacant and my family has always been very proactive in the community,” Ackerman said. “This seemed like a very good fit for me. I felt like my skills and talents were well matched to fit this job, and it was something I could do to benefit the county.”

Ackerman said he has a vested interest in Madison County, especially because of his two young daughters.

“They’re going to grow up in Madison County, and I want to make sure the funding is there in the future,” he said. “This is one way that I can help do that.”

The biggest challenge to getting acclimated to his new position has been the “overwhelming amount of information,” he said.

“We want to make sure we’re going in the right direction and do not make decisions too quickly without the proper information,” he said.

One of Ackerman’s largest goals is to get the entire county assessed.

“We won’t be able to do that in two years, but hopefully, I’ll be elected (for another term) and be able to continue this,” he said.

Ackerman also wants to get the PVA office services available online in the near future.

The office is located at 135 W. Irvine St., Suite 103. A public open house is being scheduled for February, but no date or time has been set.

According to Kentucky Revised Statute 132.590, the beginning salary for a Kentucky county PVA ranges from $66,017 for a county with population ranging from 60,000 to 89,900. The maximum salary within this population is $74,269.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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