Camden hires new tax assessor and deputy

More than a year after Camden’s tax assessor abruptly resigned, the city has hired a replacement and some extra help.

Deputy tax assessor Melissa Mallory had been filling in as interim tax assessor since Frank Librizzi quit in April 2012. But Mallory retired in June, leaving both tax assessor and deputy vacancies.

The city hired Tyler Technologies Inc, a Texas company with offices in Pennsauken, as a temporary tax assessing service for the city. The firm, which handled the city’s tax reassessment in 2011, will be paid no more than $99,000 for its services.

Tyler will work with the city this summer as the new tax assessor, Terri Paglione, who served as Mt. Laurel’s tax assessor for 13 years, and Ruth Benz, a former assessing clerk in the Cinnaminson tax assessor’s office, begin their new jobs in Camden on Aug. 1.

Paglione, who will earn a $102,327 salary as city tax assessor, was confirmed by city council last week to finish Librizzi and Mallory’s unexpired term and to a new 4-year term that would end in 2018.

Benz’s salary for deputy tax assessor will be $68,000.

Both women were chosen from a pool of seven applicants, city officials said.