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Interim assessor nominated while Noguez investigation continues

June 12, 2012 |  1:10 pm

Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez

The Los Angeles County director of beaches and harbors was nominated Tuesday to temporarily run the embattled assessor's office.

John Noguez, who was elected assessor in 2010, announced earlier this month that he will take a paid leave of absence while county prosecutors investigate whether he and his top aides illegally lowered property taxes for prominent contributors to his campaign.

County Executive William T. Fujioka suggested Santos Kreimann, who has worked for the county for more than 20 years, including jobs with the treasurer and tax collector's offices, to fill the empty chief deputy assessor position. Kreimann was appointed director of beaches and harbors in 2009.

County supervisors will vote on Fujioka's recommendation next week.

Noguez's leave will begin once supervisors approve his replacement and he will continue to be paid his $192,000 annual salary.

Kreimann's potential salary and start date would have to be approved by supervisors. He currently earns $182,000 annually, according to county records.

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-- Jason Song and Jack Dolan the County Hall of Administration

Photo: Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez speaking before the county supervisors. Noguez is taking a leave of absence amid a district attorney's investigation into allegations his office reduced property taxes for campaign contributors. Credit: Brian van der Brug/ Los Angeles Times

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