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ASSESSOR: Change charter and hire a professional

Letter by Daniel W. White, Fox Island on July 11, 2012 at 11:46 am with 7 Comments »
July 11, 2012 12:16 pm

For the past four years, News Tribune readers have been treated with more ink about the Pierce County assessor-treasurer’s office than exists in “War and Peace.”

The problems stem from the fact that this office requires a person with technical professional credentials, not someone interested in running a political campaign. This office has often been the stopping point for politicians who have term-limited out of another office with no better credentials than name recognition.

The taxpayers deserve a professional who is qualified to carry out the duties of the assessor-treasurer office. The county charter could be amended to allow the county executive to hire a duly qualified professional and have this ratified by the County Council. This office would serve at the pleasure of the executive and subject to removal if conduct deems necessary, eliminating the need for a recall.

Chances are that our last two assessor-treasurers would not have been on anyone’s list as qualified professional assessors.

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  1. sandblower says:

    Perfect Mr. White.

  2. buddyandelliott says:

    The same could be said for several elected postions. The Assessor would be the first. It seems that this requires and accounting degree, some real estate experience would be helpful and personel management skills mandatory. Mr. White is dead on.

  3. nonstopjoe says:

    The job is a resting place for political hacks. It’ll never be eliminated.

  4. PierceCountyVoter says:

    Couldn’t have said it better, Mr, White.

  5. MyBandito says:

    So, you’re suggesting that you want the Assessor Treasurer to answer to the county council and not directly to the voters?

    Fine with me, but I doubt that you thought it through.

  6. MyBandito says:

    I take that back. That’s exactly what you want.

  7. Daniel White,
    Great editorial. Now it’s time and if not now, when? If it were as easy as going to a council meeting and making the proposal for change of the charter this step would have been started at this point. Change can only come if voters take another painful step to change the Pierce County Charter. It takes a huge investment of voter energy to gather signatures to place this solution on the ballot. It’s best to do this after an executive election with low turn out because the valid signatures required must come in at 10 percent of the number of votes cast in the County in the last executive election. The Pierce County web site under Section 5 Public Interest: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/xml/Abtus/ourorg/council/code/CHARTER.pdf

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