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Assessor's job Crown Point

Postby rock star » Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:37 pm

Assessor's job no longer easy to fill

Bruno Nover certainly enjoyed an eventful, albeit brief, tenure as Center Township assessor-elect. A caucus of Republican precinct committeemen elected Nover, a retired businessman, to replace longtime assessor Martha Wheeler, who is leaving office at the end of the year.

Nover resigned from the job Monday, less than one week after his election to the Center Township post, which includes parts of Crown Point and Cedar Lake in southern Lake County.

From the beginning, Nover's election was an exercise in futility that never should have happened. To his credit, Nover soon realized he wasn't qualified to serve because he doesn't hold the necessary certification required by a new state law that took effect July 1. Wheeler said as much before the election. She supported her commercial administrator, Robert Metz, who is state-certified as an appraiser and an assessor.

"We've elected somebody who can't serve. Isn't that the dumbest thing you've ever heard of?" Wheeler asked.

It's disconcerting, to say the least, that Lake County GOP Chairman John Curley wasn't aware of a change in the state law that requires the certification. It's also disturbing that he chose to discount Wheeler's input, which proved correct.

The mess is enough to convince many that Gov. Mitch Daniels had the right idea in replacing the office of township assessor and assigning those duties to the county assessor. After all, how big is the pool of folks out there who are state-certified as assessors? Some governmental services are best dispensed by non-elected officials who are qualified and experienced in the job.

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