Moreland Retires After Nearly 36 Years as Tax Commissioner

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A retirement party was held Tuesday afternoon to honor long-time Tax Commissioner Jane Moreland.

People from throughout the community came to offer best wishes to Moreland on her retirement after more than 40 years working in Dade County government. Moreland graduated from Davis High School in 1961 and began her service to Dade County as Deputy Clerk under Superior Court Clerk Betty Rogers on June 27, 1979. In 1981, Moreland was appointed Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner and elected as Dade County Tax Commissioner in November of 1984, beginning the first of 9, 4-year terms on January 1, 1985.

During Moreland’s time as Tax Commissioner she has earned many certificates through the Georgia Association of Tax Officials (GATO) and served on the Audit and Finance Committee. She has received various recognitions from the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG). Moreland is also one of only two Tax Commissioners in the state of Georgia to hold the record of longest serving Tax Commissioner.

“Jane Moreland is a prime example of what an elected official and public servant should be,” County Executive Ted Rumley said. “She gave everything she had to the office.”

Not only did Moreland serve the county through positions in the government, but she has also served as a Pastor’s wife in 16 churches throughout the tri-state area and through membership and participation in the Lions Club. In 2011, just prior to the April 27 tornados, the Dade County Lions Club was recharted and Moreland elected as Charter President.

A proclamation honoring Moreland by the Dade County Board of Commissioners said, “The Lions Club was instrumental in helping Dade County citizens get back on their feet by direct donations of gift cards under Jane’s leadership.”

A pin with an Award of Excellence and Character was presented to Moreland by Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris and the Dade County Board of Education.

“Congratulations, Jane Moreland, on your retirement!” Dr. Harris said.  “Proud to present Jane an Award of Excellence and Character on behalf of the Dade County Board of Ed! She is a woman of character and class.”

Moreland’s last day in office was Wednesday, September 30.

(Pictured at Right: Retiring Tax Commissioner Jane Moreland receives pin and Award of Excellence and Character from Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris.) 

(Pictured below: Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris, Dade Board of Education Chair Carolyn Bradford, Tax Commissioner Jane Moreland (Ret.), former Dade County Schools Bookkeeper Paula Stallings, and Dade County Schools Human Resource Specialist Judy Walden.)