As the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, change was already in the air.

And at 9 a.m. Jan. 1, change became official when Kerri Boyd was sworn in by Calhoun County Judge Richard Meyer as the new tax assessor-collector to fill the term of Gloria A. Ochoa, who announced her retirement at the Oct. 2 meeting of the court.

Ochoa had served 48 years in office, 31 years as deputy tax assessor-collector, and 16 as tax assessor-collector.

“I was born and raised here, and I know the community. I have enjoyed serving the community as the tax assessor-collector,” she said. “Everyone has been very supportive.”

Boyd was deputy tax assessor-collector, and Ochoa said she is a fast learner who will quickly pick up the routine.

“I like business, and I am organized so that will help,” said Boyd, adding that Ochoa told her to call anytime. “She’s thoughtful like that,” she said.

Boyd is the granddaughter of the late Clara Mae Boyd, who served as treasurer in the 1970s.

She asked for patience as she acclimates herself to the new position. “We will take care of your needs,” said Boyd.

Boyd will be on the ballot for the November election as the position is up for election this cycle.