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Biography & Accomplishments

Meet Terry

  • Honorable Terry L. Baskin, PhD


    Dr. Terry L. Baskin, a distinguished figure of honor and leadership, achieved a historic milestone in 2004 when he became the first African American Tax Commissioner in the illustrious history of Clayton County, the fifth largest county in the State of Georgia. A testament to his esteemed service, Dr. Baskin was elected to the position for an unprecedented five terms, marking him as the longest-serving Tax Commissioner in Clayton County's rich history.

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  • Unmatched Distinction

    The Obvious Choice

    Terry Baskin, known as "Leader Baskin," stands out from others for several compelling reasons making him a distinctive and advantageous choice for County, Regional, and State stakeholders:

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  • Terry's Pledge

    Discover Terry's heartfelt pledge sharing his values and promises shaping a brighter future for our community.

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  • Vision & Goals

    Leader Baskin is driven by a powerful vision:

    'A Unified Tomorrow, Thriving in Prosperity, Education, and Well-being.' His mission is to cultivate a future where Clayton County stands as a beacon of unity and prosperity, where education flourishes, and the well-being of every resident is prioritized. Together, let us build a community embodying strength through unity, prosperity through collaboration, and a future where the well-being and education of our citizens are paramount. Join Leader Baskin in shaping Clayton County's destiny, where the promise of a vibrant and harmonious tomorrow becomes our shared reality. 

  • Accomplishments & Credentials

    Public Service Leadership:

    • Elected as Clayton County's First African-American Tax Commissioner in 2004
    • Successfully managed one of Metro Atlanta’s largest tax budgets, exceeding $300 million, for the state of Georgia, Clayton County, local cities, and Clayton County school system

    Expertise in Legislation:

    • Specialized in Real and Personal property tax legislation, Motor Vehicle, and Bankruptcy laws

    Financial Management and Analysis:

    • Account Specialist and Budget Analyst with the Atlanta Police Department, managing over $10 million for the Field Operations Division
    • Budget analyst for Clayton County, played a key role in balancing the County’s fiscal budget.

    Progressive Career Growth:

    • Advanced from Clayton County Tax Commissioner's Office to Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner and ultimately elected Tax Commissioner
    • Chief Deputy for two former Clayton County Chairmen

    Awards and Recognition:

    • Received the Blue Star Award for outstanding service

    Affiliations and Community Involvement:

    • Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia
    • Co-creator and Ex-Officio member of the Clayton County Land Bank
    • Chair of the Clayton County Chief Financial Officer’s Committee
    • Graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute
    • Leadership Clayton Alumnus
    • Secretary & Treasurer: Board of Directors of Arts Clayton, Girls and Boys Club of America Task Force, Regional Leadership Forum
    • Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Clayton County Democratic Party
    • State of Georgia Democratic Party Committee
    • Congressional Representative for the 13th District of the Georgia Association of Democratic County Chairs
    • Southlake Kiwanis Club
    • Clayton County Community Service Board
    • United Way Advisory Board
    • Executive Committee of the Clayton County NAACP
    • Member of 100 Black Men of South Metro
    • Treasurer / Secretary of the Clayton Development Authority
    • Association of Christian Minister of Clayton County - Former President