March 03, 2021  |  11:07 am

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Administrative Deputy of the Year – Deputy Thu Huynh-Yee.

Deputy Yee was hired in October 2011 as a Sales Tax Auditor for the Sales Tax Department. 

In 2020, she was assigned the responsibility of training a new auditor following the retirement of a field training officer.  This position has not experienced much turnover over the years, and training for its highly specific requirements was significantly challenging.  Nevertheless, Dy. Huynh-Yee successfully trained two auditors in two years in addition to meeting the demands of now becoming the most experienced and seasoned full-time auditor in the Sales Tax Department this past year. 

Deputy Huynh-Yee is constantly called upon to review cases of other auditors, to provide input on statute changes and jurisprudence, to field questions from the Sales Tax Department processing staff and assist with special projects.

In 2020, she gave invaluable support and countless hours of research, reviewing all existing sales tax ordinances of the jurisdictions in St Tammany for the purposes of updating and developing a uniform ordinance.

“Deputy Huynh-Yee should be recognized for her incredible dedication to the success of this project, while actively training and continually mentoring new auditors while maintaining her regular duties as auditor,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.   “It cannot be understated how difficult this challenge was and its importance to all of the taxing jurisdictions in St. Tammany. Please join me in congratulating and thanking her for her service to the agency and the citizens of St. Tammany Parish.”