Troup County Clerk/Finance Officer Scott Turk announced his resignation Tuesday during a County Commission executive session.
Turk said that he is moving to Olympia, Washington, and plans to pursue a new job opportunity. His last day at Troup County will be Aug. 22.
Although Turk said he didn’t have a solid plan on employment yet, he said he was considering pursuing a job in Washington state government. He has visited Washington several times, where he has friends, and has “fallen in love with the area.”
Turk began in Troup County in the planning department in 2008 as impact fee/zoning administrator. His first project was getting the impact fee plan passed by County Commission. He then undertook a review of the Property Appraisal Office to update it and get new software in place.
The assessment work lead to the implementation of the Geographic Information System - GIS - project to map the entire county. Turk became head of a GIS/Planning Department and noted the GIS system has now become central to county operations.
“GIS is huge for us,” Turk said. “It’s so integral to so many parts of the government now … you can’t do 911 without it, you can’t do property without it. Public safety uses it, and any office that is interested in demographics, planing uses it.”
Turk said he also got to work on PILOT - payment in lieu of taxes - agreements for groups like Milliken and Kia and its suppliers. He also participated in special-purpose, local-option sales tax referendum and said he spent a lot of time working on the Tax Allocation District plans, which he said he is proud of because it helps attract more business to Troup County.
Turk became the county clerk/finance officer in 2012. In that position Turk said he has worked to reorganize the financial structure and bring it into compliance with state standards.
The process included updating from old software and using better budget forecasting and reporting measures. Turk said there is a lot of financial information the department has to report to the state that needs to be automated.
The decision to leave was tough, Turk said, and the pace at which Troup County is growing means not being sure “there’s really a good time to make a decision like this.”
“I am (going to miss it). I tell these folks around here, they’re some of the hardest working, dedicated professionals I’ve ever had the chance to work with,” Turk said. “I mean that seriously and sincerely – and because it’s not a small county, it’s sort of a medium-sized county, but with a small staff – a lot of people wear a lot of hats, and it gets stressful sometimes, but it’s a chance to do a lot of different things.”