Cherokee County tax commissioner David Fields quits

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Cherokee County tax commissioner David Fields quits

Post by Nydia Tisdale » February 23rd, 2011, 11:38 am

Cherokee tax chief quits to avoid foreclosing on more friends

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Jeffry Scott
Monday, February 21, 2011

Acid reflux gnawed at David Fields’ gut. Sleep came in fits. The waking hours were worse, as he battled depression with medications.

Inevitably, the antidepressants failed to temper the toll taken by a job he once loved and now feared would kill him: Cherokee County tax commissioner.

“My doctor told me, ‘If you don’t quit, you’re going to have a stroke or heart attack,' ” Fields said Monday, explaining why, after 28 years, he resigned from his post with two years left on his term.

Fields, 62, became a poignant reminder of the housing bust’s impact on thousands of lives across metro Atlanta, where almost 100,000 properties were foreclosed on in 2010. Property owners are not the only ones hurt; so are people, such as Fields, at the end of a ruinous process set in motion by recession.

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