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L.A. county assessor announces he will retire

January 14, 2010 | 10:55 am
Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach today announced he would soon retire.

After a career of nearly four decades as an appraiser, manager, assistant assessor and finally as an elected official protecting Proposition 13 and representing millions of homeowners and businesses since 2000, Auerback said he would retire at the end of March.

“I never thought of myself primarily as a political figure, even though voters have honored me with their trust in three elections,” Auerbach said in a statement. “I have long felt that I would know when it was time to retire and turn this job over to the next generation, and that time is now.

Auerbach, 61, said he was recommending that the Board of Supervisors not appoint a successor, but allow Assistant Assessor Robert Quon to deal with the growing property value and budget issues facing the department while someone else can concentrate on running for office in the June election. Quon has said he will not run for assessor.

“The next assessor should be someone from within the department,” Auerbach said. “I consider experience, technical knowledge and a commitment to public service to be the critical requirements for this job as voters make their decision.

He said he would make an election endorsement in the near future.

-- Gerrick Kennedy