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New deputy chief assessor takes over amid Noguez investigation

June 19, 2012 |  6:18 pm

Los Angeles County’s director of beaches and harbors was named the acting head of the beleaguered assessor's office on Tuesday.

Assessor John Noguez agreed to name Santos Kreimann as the new deputy chief assessor after county supervisors unanimously endorsed Kriemann on Tuesday. Noguez, who was elected to the position in 2010, then took a paid leave of absence, leaving Kreimann in charge of the office.

County prosecutors are investigating whether Noguez and his top aides illegally lowered property taxes for wealthy property owners and contributors to his campaign.

Kreimann has worked for the county for more than 20 years, including jobs in the treasurer and tax collector's offices. He was appointed director of beaches and harbors in 2009.

“I am eager to dedicate my full attention to reviewing and improving policies and procedures necessary to restore the public’s confidence in the Los Angeles County assessor’s office,” Kreimann said in a statement.

Kreimann earned $182,000 last year, county records show. His new salary has not been determined.

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