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Darla Eden, CPA
Hall County Tax Commissioner

Darla Eden, CPA
Hall County Tax Commissioner

Serving her third term as Tax Commissioner, Darla has deep experience in tax, audit and property management in both private and public sectors. Prior to her experience as CFO in industry, she served as an outside Independent Auditor and Finance Director for Hall County Government. Darla earned her BA in Accounting from the University of North Georgia, formerly North Georgia College and State University.

She is involved in numerous professional organizations including the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA) and the Northeast Ga Chapter of the GSCPAs, Georgia Association of Tax Officials (GATO), Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG), and Tax Commissioner’s Technology Development Council of Georgia (TCTech).

In 2017, Darla served as Vice President of TCTech, which provides Tax Commissioners with a platform to share information regarding technology-related issues that will enhance customer and staff experiences alike. In 2016, she was nominated for Tax Commissioner of the Year by her peers in GATO for innovative leadership and leveraging technology for greater customer service and efficiency, as well as tracking legislative trends and issues.

Commitment to Community

Darla’s community service includes serving nonprofits such as Junior Achievement, where she was named 2020 Volunteer of the Year for support of the education, economic workforce development and financial literacy for young people in northeast Georgia. A longtime member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, she was recognized in 2021 with the W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award. This award, named after a poultry pioneer, business leader and the co-founder of Fieldale Farms, recognizes service to society through excellence in one’s vocation. The award also recognizes high ethical standards in the community and those who exhibit Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”. Darla is a founding member of WomenSource, a nonprofit that empowers women with personal and professional resources. Co-Chair of the 2021 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon, Darla has also served on the Executive Leadership Team since 2019. She is a graduate of Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hall and Leadership GSCPA.

Richard Steele
Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner

Richard Steele
Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner

Richard Steele was appointed Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner on July 1, 2021. Prior to joining the Hall County Tax Commissioner’s office, Richard served as the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner from 2011 – 2020. With a total of 16 years with that office, he has also managed tag and property tax offices, as well as accounting, call center, and payment-processing operations.

Richard has also worked as a budget analyst for the CDC in Atlanta, and as the operations manager for the University of Georgia transit system. He has been involved in numerous organizations, and has served as the president for the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville and the Tax Commissioners Technology Development Association of Georgia. Richard is a graduate of both Truett McConnell College and UGA. He resides in the South Hall area.

Robert Riedinger
Administrative Services Manager

Robert Riedinger
Administrative Services Manager

Robert joined the Tax Commissioner’s team in 2017 and currently serves as the Administrative Services Manager, providing a friendly face and helpful service.

He prides himself on representing the Tax Commissioner and executing her ideas to improve the lives of Hall County residents and employees. Robert’s background in the financial industry includes Human Resource, Executive Financial Recruiting, and other Management and Account Representative roles.

Robert graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration & finance. He enjoys all aspects of his work, especially volunteering to mentor students in Hall County through WBL, working with Tax Commissioner management on yearly budgeting, providing support to the office infrastructure, and communicating with all levels of government.

Christina Simmons
Deputy Tax Commissioner | Property Tax

Phone: 770.531.6950 X 4417
cmsimmons@hallcounty.org

 

Surama Jo
Deputy Tax Commissioner | Motor Vehicle

Phone: 770.531.6950 X 4402
sjo@hallcounty.org

Scott Martin
Deputy Tax Commissioner | Accounting

Phone: 770.531.6950 X 4403
scmartin@hallcounty.org

Property Tax Team
Tax Levy Agent | Real – John Crawford x 4414 jcrawford@hallcounty.org
Tax Levy Agent | Personal – Ashley Cohen x 4415 aacohen@hallcounty.org

Motor Vehicle Team
Tax | Tag SupervisorMeshondra Cash x 4418 mcash@hallcounty.org
Tax | Tag SupervisorBrittney Cole x 4405 bcole@hallcounty.org
Dealer Commercial ClerkJuana Paniagua x 4404 dealerfleet@hallcounty.org

Accounting Team
Senior AccountantRichard Wallace x 4410 rwallace@hallcounty.org
Accountant IILeticia Alvarez x 4409 lalvarez@hallcounty.org
Accountant IDaniel Lynden x 4408 dlynden@hallcounty.org