Shepherd-Bryant successfully negotiated a nationally recognized settlement with General Motors, Delphi and Chrysler during the bankruptcy proceedings, recovering 100 percent of all taxes collected by the auto companies during a time when other states were settling for 10 percent.
She has audited and recovered more than $58 million in assessed value in under-reported business personal property.
At Northwestern, Shepherd-Bryant will serve the role of financial manager.
“I like to continue to learn and grow,” she said. “I think that’s what has helped me be the best assessor I could be is because of my diverse knowledge in the different areas of local government. I think I’m excited to branch out in another way.”
Lake said she is confident that Shepherd-Bryant will be successful in any endeavor she chooses to take on.
“She’s really dedicated to whatever she does,” she said. “She’s also dedicated to being a good mother. She finishes whatever she starts, there’s no doubt about it.”
Heady started working with the county in the treasurer’s office in 2005 before making the move to the assessor’s office in 2010 as real estate deputy.
“Right now I want to keep things running as well as they are right now,” Heady said.
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