Abney, Frailey running for revenue commissioner

Published 8:00 am Saturday, February 29, 2020

Two candidates are vying for the position of Chambers County revenue commissioner on Tuesday’s ballot.

Incumbent Beth Abney is being challenged by Shannon Frailey for the position.

Abney took over as revenue commissioner in March 2019 after Wendy Williams retired. At that point, she had already worked in the revenue commissioner’s office for more than 20 years as a certified business personal property appraiser, and she said she also essentially ran the office for Williams. When Williams retired, she was appointed to the position.

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“I love working with the people; I like Chambers County, and I want to make help grow Chambers County and be very beneficial to the taxpayers that come in that need me,” Abney said. “I want to finish my career here, and I have no other political ambitions. I want to finish out here and retire from this office.”

In the past year, Abney said her office has made some small changes to how they are doing things to ensure better customer service.

“I’m not closed minded to change,” Abney said. “If you can show me that it’s going to benefit the customers, and it’s going to be cost-efficient and it will benefit them, then I’m open to anything. Right now, what we do works. Now, of course, there are some people do not think that it works, but they don’t know how this office works. This is not a business, this is a government office, and I have laws that I have to adhere to.”

Despite numerous attempts, Frailey could not be reached for comment for this story. However, he and Abney both spoke at Kiwanis Club of Valley meetings over the last week, laying out their campaigns.

Frailey has worked for the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office for the last two decades.

“I had been considering doing it for two years,” Frailey said at the Kiwanis Club meeting. “In my experience in county government, I have seen some things in the revenue commissioner’s office that need to be changed.”

Frailey also spoke about things needing to move faster in the revenue commissioner’s office.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday.