Tiffany Porter

Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter died at age 43 on Thursday, May 5, following a battle with breast cancer.

“She was known for achieving many firsts in her life,” a news release announcing her death stated. “In addition to being the first in her family to obtain a college degree, a law degree and pass the bar, in winning the 2020 election she became the first African American Tax Commissioner in Gwinnett County’s history.”

Porter served 16 months as tax commissioner.

“Ms. Porter implemented a number of service advancements for Gwinnett citizens, including the ability to set appointments at any office and skip the wait,” the release stated. “She also made workplace improvements for her 160- member staff, who appreciated her intelligent, fun-loving and decisive leadership.”

A Gwinnett resident for more than 20 years, Porter attended Life Church International in Duluth and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is survived by her four children, Tori, 15, Zoe, 17, Nia, 20, and Brandon, 23.

“Ms. Porter overcame many obstacles to achieve the ambitious goals she set for herself,” Chief Deputy Denise Mitchell said. “I will always remember her as a strong, resilient, brilliant spirit and all the joy she brought to us. We will miss her.”

Mitchell will perform the duties of the office of tax commissioner until being sworn in to complete the remainder of Porter’s term through Dec. 31, 2024.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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