Chief Appraiser Jeff Law resigned from the Tarrant Appraisal District on Sept. 1 after receiving nonconfidence votes from local elected officials.

Law’s last day in the office was Sept. 6, according to his resignation letter to the TAD’s board. The TAD’s website states he had served as chief appraiser since 2008. Prior to becoming the chief appraiser at the TAD, he served for 10 years as the chief appraiser of the Hood Central Appraisal District in Granbury.

“The 2023 appraisal roll has been certified to all taxing units and the remaining staff are fully capable of finalizing any outstanding protests and other issues along with the future roll supplements to the Tax Assessor/Collectors TAD serves,” Law said in his letter.

He said in recent months he had been approached from both private- and public-sector organizations regarding different employment possibilities. The TAD did not respond to questions about Law’s replacement or the timeline for a new chief appraiser to be on board.

“While I appreciate the vote of confidence I received from the board at its last board meeting, I have decided to pursue one of those opportunities,” he said in the letter.

The backstory

Local mayors, including Keller’s Armin Mizani, signed a letter Aug. 24 announcing they were giving Law a no-confidence vote. On Aug. 29, Tarrant County commissioners took a vote of no confidence in Law.

At the Keller City Council meeting on Sept. 5, council members unanimously approved a no-confidence resolution against Law, as council discussed the matter and still wanted to take the action even as Law’s last day was the next day.

Their votes came around the time the TAD garnered headlines for a TAD employee who was fired after an internal investigation.

Cal Wood, the former director of information systems at TAD, was released from his position Aug. 25 after he was initially suspended. The suspension came shortly after comments from Wood surfaced in which he suggested “creating a false narrative that distances the truth from the media,” according to a letter issued by the mayors of Keller, Southlake and Colleyville.

What else?

Law thanked TAD employees for making the district a place he enjoyed working at for the past 15 years.

“They always strived to follow best practices and perform our required duties and responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner,” he said about the staff. “Together we served the local taxing units and taxpayers with courtesy and respect, and always looked to find solutions to issues that mutually met one another’s expectations. I am proud to say that TAD is operating at a high level and has been recognized by several outside authorities for its outstanding accomplishments related to its core responsibility and obligations. This staff is great, keep up the good work.”