Clerk and Master Lee Akers said his daughter is well-qualified to run his tax division and she will take the position in early January.
He said Camby Akers will replace Shannon Shadrick, who is being elevated to chief deputy. The current chief deputy, Judy Hillyer, is retiring March 7.
Mr. Akers, who is retiring in early September, said, "She's very intelligent. She's a go-getter. She's got double the IQ I have. I think it's a good fit."
He said she currently is the bookkeeper and principal for a wine distribution firm (Pandora Imports) he started with her and a partner. "She knows computers backwards and forwards," he said.
Mr. Akers said his daughter, a single mother, formerly worked for Kelly Cadillac, but she quit school to earn a BS from Austin Peay University and an MBA from Bryan College.
Mr. Akers said the hire does not violate the county nepotism policy because she will be working under Ms. Shadrick rather than himself.
He said he would not have hired her had he not have been leaving the office himself.
And he said, "I have fully discussed this with both chancellors and the staff."
Mr. Akers said, "I have given Shannon the authority to fire her if she wants to."