New Nevada County assessor goes to work early
On Tuesday, Art Green began his first full day as Nevada County’s assessor, about two months ahead of schedule, as part of an effort to end the controversy that has engulfed the Assessor’s Office.
Green, a computer system analyst in the office who was elected to the top spot Nov. 3, replaces Richard Allen, who retired early.
The Board of Supervisors appointed Green to the post Tuesday to finish the final two months of Allen’s term. Clerk-Recorder Bruce Bolinger swore in Green immediately after the appointment.
Green will serve as the interim assessor until his term officially begins next year. He oversees a staff of 34 and will receive an annual salary and benefits package worth $84,245.
Green takes over an office hit by a civil grand jury report that charged his predecessor Allen was excessively absent, no longer lived in the county and tolerated nepotism in the office.
Allen adamantly denied the charges, but indicated he did not wish to discuss them before the Board of Supervisors, partly because of his poor health. Allen stayed away from the board despite some supervisors’ repeated insistence he appear before them.
Instead, Allen offered to resign as soon as the voters chose his successor so that supervisors could appoint that person in his place. Meanwhile, the grand jury report became fodder in this month’s campaign between Green and Todd Juvinall, a businessman.
Supervisor Rene Antonson, a vocal critic of Allen, made the motion to appoint Green Tuesday. In that same breath, however, Antonson could not resist another dig at Allen, who was not present.
Referring to Green, Antonson said, “If nothing else, at least he shows up.”
Green said he is appointing a team to help with the transition, which includes appointing the two top supervisors in the office under the assessor, posts that were filled on a temporary basis.
The transition team, which is still being formed, includes both office employees and representatives from outside the office, Green said. The team also will review plans to implement the computerization and other efforts to increase office efficiency and service, which Green noted was a cornerstone of his campaign.
“We will get started on the promises we made to the voters,” Green pledged.
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