Tarrant County’s scandal-plagued Chief Appraiser Jeff Law has resigned, sparing the Tarrant Appraisal District’s board of directors a vote to fire him.

Law submitted his resignation on September 1, just days after the Tarrant County Commissioners Court and Mansfield City Council unanimously approved resolutions calling for the TAD board to replace the agency’s top executive.

During a board meeting last month, only two of the five directors voted “no confidence” in Law, despite ongoing scandals at the agency under his leadership.

All five directors face re-election this year by the county’s local taxing entities, including Tarrant County.

Law said he had decided to pursue other employment opportunities.

His last day as chief appraiser is September 6.

“I am hopeful that this move will change the culture at TAD, which has been plagued with scandal after scandal,” Keller Mayor Armin Mizani said.

Problems within the appraisal district—from issues with technology to ethical lapses by top executives—have undermined public confidence in the agency’s ability to accurately and fairly set property values.

Mizani and other mayors had also called on the appraisal district board to replace Law.

“In what is long overdue, the Board can now begin the effort to restore the public’s trust in the organization,” Tarrant County Judge Tim O’Hare said.

“It is imperative they hire someone who understands the magnitude of the role, the importance of repairing the damage done, and the necessity of complete transparency,” said O’Hare. “The new Chief Appraiser must be pro-taxpayer.”

The TAD board of directors will now begin a search for Law’s replacement.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.