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story.lead_photo.caption Bowie County Judge James Carlow, far left, administers the oath of office to Ramona Dawson Norman, who became the county's new tax assessor-collector Thursday. The Bowie County Commissioners appointed Norman to the position, following Treva Braley's resignation. Norman's husband, Therlow Norman, standing to the right of Carlow, is holding the Bible for his wife. Martha House, Norman's new chief deputy, is standing behind Norman on the far right.

NEW BOSTON, Texas— Bowie County Tax Assessor-Collector Chief Deputy Ramona Dawson Norman is now the county's new Tax Assessor-Collector.

The Bowie Commissioners Court appointed Norman to the position during a Special meeting Thursday after Tax Assessor-Collected Treva Braley, who wasn't at the meeting, submitted her letter of resignation earlier in the week. In her letter, Braley cited health reasons as prompting her decision to resign.

Upon accepting Braley's letter, the full court appointed Norman to the

Born and raised in Miller County, Norman started working for the Bowie County Tax Assessor- Collector's Office as a deputy clerk, in 1998, before moving to Bowie County in 2000.

Norman, who presently lives in Texarkana, Texas, said she decided to apply for the deputy clerk position 20 years ago this month, because the job seemed interesting.

"As it turned out, the
job was even more
interesting and involved then I thought it would be," she said. "I'm now excited about this new job and excited about serving the people in Bowie

Norman went on to be appointed to the office's Tax Assessor-Collector Chief Chief Deputy position, in January of 2012, before going to fill the office's top position now.

Braley, who couldn't be reached for comment as of Monday evening, started serving as the county's Tax Assessor-Collector, July 1, 2015, after Toni Barron decided to retire after
38 years.