Steven B. Kendrick, Tax Commissioner

Steven B Kendrick
Steven B. Kendrick was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and was educated in the Richmond County Public School System.  He later attended Florida A & M University (FAMU) on an academic scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  He continued his education at FAMU by completing his Masters Degree in Business Administration. Formerly, Commissioner Kendrick served as a salesperson in the pharmaceutical industry and as Vice President of the family business, Augusta Blueprint.  He also served as a part time professor of Business for Paine College, Augusta University and the University of Phoenix.

On January 2, 2009, Mr. Kendrick was sworn in as the first African-American elected Tax Commissioner in Richmond County.  His new ideas and attitude have changed the way the Tax Commissioner’s Office (TCO) operates.   Online payment of taxes, Saturday tag office service, and acceptance of credit cards for payment are just a few of the innovations that were implemented during his first term.  In January 2013 and 2017, he was sworn in for the second and third time after running unopposed.  In 2014, the Tax Commissioner’s Office moved into three “state-of-the-art” facilities that demonstrate his continued commitment to continuous improvement and customer service. The new locations included drive-in windows, lobby management technology, payment processing technology and equipment, and self-service kiosks for motor vehicle tag payments. 

Commissioner Kendrick’s community involvement both past and present, includes board member of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, Chairman of Leadership Augusta, Chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Minority Business Development Council, Chairman of Youth Leadership Augusta, Chairman of Jenkins-White Charter School Governing Board, Chairman of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Chairman of the E3 Foundation, Co-Chairman of Destination 2020, board member of the New Bethlehem Community Center, board member of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta, board member for the Salvation Army of Augusta, member of the Richmond County Technical High School Advisory Board, and member of the Paine College Division of Business Administration’s Advisory Board. Commissioner Kendrick routinely serves as a mentor with our local court system by accepting youthful offenders to work in his office as a condition of their court ordered community service. 

Commissioner Kendrick and his staff volunteer and support many organizations and events including the Grandparents Program at Augusta University, Arts in the Heart of Augusta, and their very own, TCO Christmas Blessings, where they have given away holiday gifts to families in need.  

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