Chesapeake Commissioner of the Revenue, Ray A. Conner, announced today that he will be retiring from the City of Chesapeake on March 31, 2017. Conner is currently the third longest serving Commissioner of the Revenue in Virginia, having started on August 1, 1983.
The Commissioner of the Revenue’s office includes 38 full-time staff members and is responsible for the assessment of personal property taxes, business licenses, excise taxes, state income tax processing, and administration of the real estate tax relief program. In 2008, Commissioner Conner oversaw the introduction of the DMV Select, a service that is heavily used by residents of the City.
In making the announcement, Conner stated, “I have constantly strived to make the Chesapeake Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office an efficient workplace where courteous and knowledgeable service is given to all citizens, and an environment where taxes are administered fairly and uniformly. It has been my great honor and privilege to have served citizens of Chesapeake in this elected position since 1983. Including my prior governmental service as Chief Magistrate, upon my retirement I will have worked a total of 42 years with the citizens of Chesapeake.”
On April 1, Conner will be succeeded by his longtime Chief Deputy, Frank King, who has 28 years of experience in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office. A graduate of the University of Virginia, King is a certified public accountant who also earned an MBA degree from the College of William & Mary.
Conner noted the importance of experience in managing the operation. With four office locations serving the public, the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office issues over 250,000 personal property tax assessments and 18,000 business licenses. Taxes directly administered through the office generate over $160 million, and this revenue is critical to the operation of local government and schools.
Prior to being elected as Commissioner of the Revenue in 1983, Conner served as a Magistrate for the City of Chesapeake (1975 – 1978) and Chief Magistrate (1978 – 1983).
Conner earned certification as a Master Commissioner of the Revenue (2005) through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service – University of Virginia.
In 1989, he served as president of the Virginia Association of Locally Elected Constitutional Officers. In 1996, Conner served as president of the Virginia Commissioners of the Revenue Association.
In 2010, he was honored by being named as First Citizen of Chesapeake.