Q Can the county administrator who is the newly elected tax assessor/collector also serve as the interim county administrator in a dual capacity?

A Under the separation of powers doctrine, a person may not serve in two branches of government simultaneously in positions that exercise “core powers.” While the tax assessor/collector exercises “core powers,” the Mississippi Court of Appeals has rules that the county administrator does not, so no separation of powers issue applies. This scenario may involve the Ethics in Government Act, so you should check with the Ethics Commission about that. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Liner, January 31, 2020)