Commissioner of the Revenue

For Immediate Release

Contact: Franklin D. Edmondson, Commissioner of the Revenue, Portsmouth, VA
757-393-8480       757-729-8480 (mobile) 
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Contact: Susie Smith, Lead Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue, Portsmouth, VA

757-393-8771 x2101       

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Commissioner of the Revenue, Franklin D. Edmondson, MCR 

Receives Top State Award for Excellence


Hon. Franklin D. Edmondson, MCR, the Portsmouth Commissioner of the Revenue has received top state honors from the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia. At the Association’s 2022 Annual Conference, recently held in Blacksburg, Virginia Beach Commissioner, Hon. Phil Kellam, presented Commissioner Edmondson with the Sam T. Barfield Award for Excellence. The highly coveted award is presented to one deserving Commissioner each year during the Association’s Annual meeting.

To receive the Sam T. Barfield Award, a Commissioner must have demonstrated an achievement or excellence during the current year that could enhance the operations of other Commissioners’ offices; have unselfishly given their time by working on behalf of the Association; and have contributed to the professionalism of the Association over a long period of time. The award is named after Sam T. Barfield, who was the Norfolk Commissioner of the Revenue for 28 years. Barfield also served in the Marines in WWII and was at Iwo Jima.

The Portsmouth Commissioner of the Revenue, Franklin D. Edmondson, MCR, was first elected to office in 2005 and began service in January 2006. Commissioner Edmondson attended Churchland High School, Tidewater Community College and graduated from George Mason University. He brings considerable experience in banking and finance to the position. 

In 2009, he earned his Master Commissioner of the Revenue Certificate from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, in concert with the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia, and has maintained his certification since that time.  

Commissioner Edmondson is a past president of both the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia and the Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers, and is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, and the Virginia Association of Local Tax Auditors.   


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Monday - Friday from 8:30a - 4:30p

                  Appointments are No Longer Required 

Office of the Commissioner of The Revenue City Hall - Portsmouth, Virginia

Franklin D. Edmondson, MCR – At Your Service …

As a “Taxpayer Advocate”, our office operates as the chief assessment office for the City of Portsmouth. It is our pleasure to process, among other valuable services, Business Licenses, Business Personal Property Accounts, Excise Tax Accounts, Personal Property Accounts, Residential Sales Permits and State Income Tax Returns annually.

While we support the Real Estate Tax Relief and the Real Estate Tax Freeze Programs for qualifying citizens, we do not perform Real Estate Tax Assessments, as that responsibility, under City Code, is assigned to the City’s Real Estate Assessor’s Office (757-393-8631).

In addition to the services noted above, we welcome your visit to our DMV Select Office on the first floor of the Portsmouth City Hall Building. As we work to expand our service commitment to you, if we can be of further assistance, please feel free to call on us. We are honored to be … At Your Service.

Elected to Serve the People of Portsmouth, Virginia, I remain

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