Board Of Assessors
The Board of Assessors' members are appointed to fixed terms, as defined by state law. The DeKalb County
Board of Tax Assessors is the agency charged with the responsibility of establishing the fair market value of
property for ad valorem taxation purposes.
Presently, the members of the Board of Assessors are the Chair, Robert A. Burroughs; Vice-Chair, Vivian R.
Ingersoll; Tax Assessors, James D. Vernor, PhD, MAI; Charlene Fang; and John W. Lawson.
Robert A. Burroughs is currently serving as Chair and was appointed to the
DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors in January 2013.
Mr. Burroughs has been engaged in the active practice of law since graduating from
Emory University School of Law in 1978. His primary area of practice is real estate
and real estate based financing. He is an experienced residential and commercial
closing attorney. He is a founding member of the law firm of Burroughs & Keene, LLC,
which has offices in Lithonia, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Burroughs is a past member of the DeKalb County Planning Commission where
he served as Chairman from 2001 to 2004. He is also a former member of the DeKalb
County Development Advisory Board. He is an active member and a former President
of the DeKalb Lawyers Association. He also formerly served as General Counsel of the National Association
of Real Estate Brokers, Inc.
Mr. Burroughs served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1971 to 1975. He obtained the
rank of Captain. He holds a BA degree from North Carolina Central University and a Doctor of Law degree
from Emory University School of Law.
Vivian R. Ingersoll has been a certified member of the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors since 1994
and has served as Chair or Vice Chair multiple times during her tenure.
She is retired Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Public Education and past
Director of the Alliance for Human Services Planning and Lecturer in German at
Spelman College. Prior to returning to Atlanta in 1986 she was Director of the Office of
Executive Planning for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education
and, earlier, Dean of Academic Programs, Class Dean, and Lecturer in German at
Wellesley College; founding Manager of the Harvard University Center for
Employee Training and Development; Assistant to the CEO of Nixdorf Computer
Corporation, and Managing Associate of Charles Hamilton Associates, LLP.
In Atlanta Mrs. Ingersoll has been an active community volunteer. Among her leadership
roles she has been chair of the Senior Citizen Services Foundation, chair of the United
Way's Fund for Community Problem Solving and AIDS Fund, a lay leader of the Pittulloch Foundation Middle
East Travel Seminar, a member of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 1989, and a Trustee of the Metropolitan
Atlanta Group. She is currently serving a second term on the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism.
She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a double major in chemistry and German, has an MA in
German from Middlebury College/Johannes Gutenberg Universitat, Mainz, Germany, and speaks fluent
German. She lives in Druid Hills.
James Doyle Vernor PhD, MAI is Chairman Emeritus and Associate Professor
Emeritus of Real Estate, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia where he was a full
time faculty member from 1974 through 1997 teaching real estate appraisal, finance,
investments and market research. He has also been a mortgage officer, a real estate
broker and a commercial real estate appraiser. He is an MAI Member, (semi-retired) of
the Appraisal Institute and a member of the International Association of Assessing
Officers, the American Real Estate Society, and the Urban land Institute.
He holds a BBA with a Finance Major, MBA in Real Estate and Urban Development; and
PhD in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, all from the University of Wisconsin. He
served a previous term as a member of the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors
(1993-2000), and as 1997 Chair.
He has published articles on appraisal in academic and practitioner journals as well as several books for The
Appraisal Institute, in Chicago. He has served as a consultant to retail companies, hotel chains, developers,
attorneys and governments.
Charlene Fang currently serves as Tax Assessor of the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors and was
appointed in January 2010.
A native of Taiwan, Charlene has risen from part-time teller to Senior Vice President/Business Development
Officer for The Touchmark National Bank. Prior to this, she was a Relationship Officer with Summit for 15
years. During that time she has been extremely active in the Asian Community:
President of the Chinese American Lion's Club, (past)
Two terms be President of Chinese American Women Association, (past)
Advisor of Chinese American Leo Club of Atlanta. (2006-2007)
Board member of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, (2006-2007)
Public affair officer for Hip Sing Association in Atlanta (2006-2008)
The Board of director of Leadership DeKalb, (2006-2008)
Board of advisor of DeKalb District Attorney, (2006- )
Board member of DeKalb County Library Foundation, (2006-2008)
Executive Board of Direct of Chinese Community Center (2006-2009)
She has sponsored many fund raising efforts and acted as an all-around advisor to a number of local
business groups as well.
A single mother, who has built a new life for herself and her children in this country, Charlene can easily relate
to the problems people face as they adjust to new locations, customs and ways of working. "My own
experience has been a real asset," she confided.
John W. Lawson currently serves as Tax Assessor of the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors.
Mr. Lawson presently practices civil and criminal law in Decatur, GA. He served
four terms as Mayor of the City of Avondale Estates and one term as
Commissioner. Mr. Lawson previously served as Director of Personnel
Administration and General Staff Services, Georgia Department of Human
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Decatur-DeKalb Bar Association,
and various other professional associations.
He holds a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and
JD and Master of Laws Degrees from the Atlanta Law School.
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