Smithfield Herald

June 2, 2014

Tax chief is at home at the beach

Off Duty: Sheila Garner is Johnston County’s tax administrator, overseeing the listing, assessing and collecting of all property taxes.

Sheila Garner is Johnston County’s tax administrator, overseeing the listing, assessing and collecting of all property taxes.

County Commissioners appointed Garner, 49, to the post in January after Pat Goddard retired.

Garner’s history with the tax office goes back to 1987, when she worked for the company hired to do the county’s property revaluation. Johnston hired her that year as a real-estate analyst, and she held a number of posts before being promoted to real-estate manager in 1994.

Garner lives in Princeton with her husband, Jerry. They have a daughter, Christina, a graduate of Duke University, and three dogs, Lacy, Gracie and Jaxon.

What are your hobbies? I like to read and love animals. Ours get a lot of attention.

What music have you been listing to lately? Mostly the top hits on the radio stations: Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift, etc. I like music that’s energizing.

What books are you currently reading? Recently, I read “The Boys of Benning.” Having been co-authored by locals certainly piqued my interest. It’s truly a display of hope and what can be accomplished with with hard work and perseverance. I also read a daily devotion. It helps me keep things in perspective and reminds me of how truly blessed I am.

What is your favorite television show? I don’t watch a lot of TV, but if I’m at home when the “Big Bang Theory” is on I watch it. I like shows that make you laugh.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would you dine with? I’d most like to have dinner with three generations of family. All well, happy and laughing while enjoying some of their most prized dishes.

Describe a perfect day. Watching the sunrise over the ocean while drinking a cup of coffee and reading while all is quiet. Then eating a late breakfast and heading out to the beach with family and a packed cooler; spending the day on the beach laying in the sun, frolicking in the water, talking and catching up with on what’s happening in our lives while listening to the waves crash, beach music and laughter all around until the sun goes down.

What is the most fascinating place you’ve been to? One of the most fascinating places I’ve been is the Grand Canyon. The sheer size of it was breathtaking and overwhelming.

What is the one food you can’t resist? Mexican. I can’t resist salsa and chips.

If you had to perform in a talent show, what would be your talent be? If I had to perform in a talent show that would mean I would have to first discover a talent. It would probably be something like Sandra Bullock’s water glass music in “Miss Congeniality.”

What is something that some may be surprised to know about you? I’ve lived in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? My pack-rat tendencies. I struggle with letting go of anything that has any sentimental value. One can only have so much storage space.

What is your most embarrassing moment? The one that comes to mind is getting into a car that I thought was mine and getting frustrated when I couldn’t get the key to fit in the ignition. The owner thought it was really funny. I think they set me up; I was certain that I had unlocked the door with my remote.

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