Assessors of Jackson County

The county officer now known as the Assessor was known as the Commissioner of Revenue before West Virginia became a state, June 20, 1863. From 1873 to 1910 the county was divided into a Northern and a Southern district, with an Assessor elected for each district. Following are the dates of service and names of persons acting as Assessors.

  • 1831 - George H. Warth
  • 1832 - Gilbert Boswell
  • 1833 - Ephraim S. Evans
  • 1834 - John McKown
  • 1835 - Tapley Beckwith
  • 1836 - Thomas Cain
  • 1837 - William Sheppard
  • 1838 - Jonathan Casto
  • 1839 - John Rardon
  • 1840 - George Casto, Sr.
  • 1841 - Mordecai Thomasson
  • 1843 - Robert McGuffin
  • 1846 - Warren Reed
  • 1847 - Edward Hart Rader
  • 1848 - James Greer
  • 1849 - D. G. Gorrell
  • 1850 - John Kouns
  • 1851 - Anthony Dilworth
  • 1853 - F. A. Knight
  • 1855 - Henry Holbert
  • 1857 - Abraham McCoy
  • 1861 - Benjamin H. Chase
  • 1864 - William Harpold
  • 1867 - Abram G. Casto
  • 1869 - J. M. Dudgeon
  • 1871 - W. G. Hickle
  • 1873 - J. A. McIntosh, #1
  • 1873 - W. G. Hickle, #2
  • 1877 - R. B. Howard, #1
  • 1877 - J. H. Casto, #2
  • 1881 - H. P. Slaven, #1
  • 1881 - W. H. O'Brien, #2
  • 1885 - J. W. .Parsons, #1
  • 1885 - John W. Smith, #2
  • 1889 - J. H. Harpold, #2
  • 1893 - J. F. Ball, #1
  • 1893 - W. G. Hickle, #2
  • 1897 - Samuel McBride, #1
  • 1897 - J. Frank Staats, #2
  • 1901 - J. M. Morrison, #2
  • 1905 - George S. Nohe, #1
  • 1905 - J. Frank Staats, #2
  • 1910 - Sylvester B. Sayre
  • 1917 - N. F. McBride
  • 1921 - William Jordan
  • 1929 - W. T. Chancey
  • 1937 - Guy Dudgeon
  • 1945 - W. A. "Bill" Riggs
  • 1984 - Clifford F. Kerwood
  • 1985 - Tom Good
  • 1989 - Brian Thomas

  • note: W. A. "Bill" Riggs, of Sandyville, served longer than any other person, almost 40 years, which is also a record for county officers in Jackson County.

  • note: In the Jackson County Commission meeting of July 3, 1984. The Commission appointed Clifford F. Kerwood for the unexpired term of W.A. Riggs to start immediately. "Now by law that would last until the next election which was in November. Then someone would have to be elected for a term of about two months." Mr. Kerwood signed up for the unexpired term and was elected with 5685 votes. This term ended January 1, 1985. (This is a correction from the original information contained in the book.)

      From: JACKSON COUNTY PAST AND PRESENT, 1990
      Submitted by Delmer R. Hite, transcribed by Toni Rodgers

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