Vivian Wilhoite Sworn in as Property Assessor
Promises Transparency and Community Engagement
On Wednesday, August 31st Vivian Wilhoite was sworn in as the 8th Property Assessor of Davidson County at the Howard Office Building. She is the first African American woman to hold the post.
The swearing in was officiated by Mayor Megan Barry. In her remarks, Mayor Barry said, “Throughout her career in public service, one word has defined Vivian Wilhoite: Passion. Vivian has been passionate about her community, passionate about service, and passionate about conducting herself with the utmost integrity. I look forward to working with her in this new role.”
“I am blessed and excited to begin this new chapter in my life of public service. I am honored to represent Davidson County as the new Property Assessor, to uphold the laws of Tennessee, and be fair and equitable,” stated Wilhoite.
“My door is always open to the public,” said Wilhoite, a former real estate appraiser at the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. “But more than an open door, I promise to meet with residents where they live. Look for exciting things from the Assessor’s office in the coming year.”
The role of the Property Assessor’s office will become crucial in 2017, when all of Davidson County property values will be reassessed. In her remarks, Vivian promised, “We are committed to transparency. We will be purposely proactive to educate the residents of Davidson County on the reassessment process. Creating partnerships and sharing of the information so that citizens can make informed decisions will be key to our success, and meeting people where they are to better help them, to benefit from being informed about the process.”
Vivian thanked her talented staff, and promised to work for them and with them in every way possible stating, “Together, we will succeed.” Vivian also thanked her predecessor, George Rooker, for his years of public service to the citizens of Davidson County.
Vivian thanked Mayor Barry, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, Sr., the Honorable JoAnn North, whom she presented with flowers in recognition of her being the first woman to hold the office of Property Assessor; Homer Wheaton, family member and former Vice President of Tennessee State University; Boy Scout Troop 11 from Christ the King School and Girl Scout Troop 160-Unit 41 for their participation in this historic occasion. She also expressed love and gratitude to her Mt. Zion Baptist Church family and especially to her husband, Larry and sons Pherius and Lelan.
Vivian closed by saying that she views her obligation in public service in accordance with her personal principle, “Do all that you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, while you can.”
Vivian Wilhoite, is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi who came to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University (TSU). Upon graduation from TSU, Vivian started her professional career as a Real Estate Appraiser at the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, formerly known as the Tennessee Public Service Commission. While at the Commission Vivian was responsible for the appraisal of public utility properties for ad valorem tax purposes. She was promoted to the position of Assistant Director and later ascended to Chief of the Consumer Services Division. She concluded her career as the TRA’s statewide representative for Consumer Education & Outreach, a role in which she travelled the state empowering consumers to make informed decisions about their gas, water, electric and telephone services.
Vivian is married to Larry B. Wilhoite. They have two sons, Pherius and Lelan and a dog named Feebie.