By Taylor Boyd
Removing the word interim from her title is Cynthia “Cindy” Kendrick’s goal in November.
Kendrick was named the interim Commission of the Revenue when former commissioner Janet Rorrer retired in June.
Now, she is hoping to complete Rorrer’s term before the post is up for election again in 2023.
Kendrick, 48, is unopposed in her bid for office.
She said the main purpose of the office is to help county residents in a fair and equitable manner. Her primary goal in the position is to continue being as efficient as possible and provide excellent customer service.
“A lot of government offices aren’t known for customer service, and I want us to at least listen even if we can’t change the assessments and be willing to listen to the taxpayer if they have a problem,” she said.
She also wants to ensure that everyone is taxed as fairly as possible on their real estate and personal property. Kendrick said this can be accomplished by taxing everyone the same way, and not on an individual basis.
Since she took the position three months ago, Kendrick has focused on getting other staff up to speed and cross-trained.
“That’s one thing that I’ve focused on is to get everyone in here cross-trained, so everybody knows another person’s job so we can all work together as a team,” she said.
Kendrick believes her experience with the department will help earn the trust of voters.
“I’ve been with the Commissioner of Revenue for 17 and a half years. I started in 2004 as a Deputy Commissioner, and I was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2012,” she said.
Kendrick graduated from Patrick County High School in 1990 and from Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) in 1995 with an associate degree in Business Management. She obtained her certification as a Master Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue at the Weldon Copper Center for Public Service through the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2015.
She has been married to her husband, Rodney Kendrick, for almost 30 years. The couple attends Mountain View Church where Kendrick has served as the treasurer for nearly 10 years.
In her free time, Kendrick enjoys camping, gardening, and reading.