Current assessors who used to be supes

This week, Supervisor Kathy Miller switched positions on appointing a new assessor-recorder-county clerk and voted in favor of fellow supervisor Steve Bestolarides.
Miller said during the Aug. 25 meeting that researching all 52 current assessors, recorders and county clerks (because some offices are not combined like San Joaquin County’s), influenced her decision.
During her research, Miller said she found 18 of the current county assessors had held posts at the city council, board of equalization and county supervisors levels prior to their current jobs.
Of those, she said 5 had been supervisors.
Miller sent me a list of all 52 assessors she researched. Indeed, the assessors in Napa, Nevada, San Francisco, San Mateo and Yolo counties had all be county supervisors prior to their current posts.
Here’s the thing: only one had been appointed while serving as supervisor.
Carmen Chu was appointed to San Francisco County’s Board of Supervisors in 2008 to replace the legally embattled Ed Jew. She was then elected to the position in 2008 to serve the remainder of his term, then successfully ran for re-election in 2010 to serve a full four-year term.
She did not complete that term, as SF mayor Ed Lee appointed her to the county assessor’s job in 2013.
Mark Church, the assessor in San Mateo County, was a supervisor there from 2001 to 2011. He too, became assessor while in office in 2011, but ran for election to do so.
Yolo County assessor Freddie Oakley was supervisor from 1997 to 1999. She became deputy assessor in 2000, then ran for election to be assessor in 2003.
The other two assessors were elected to their posts after leaving their respective supervisorial positions.
Napa County assessor John Tuteur was county supervisor from 1973-81, then successfully ran for assessor in 1998.
Similarly, Nevada County assessor Sue Horne was supervisor from 2001-2008, then ran for election to the her current post in 2010.
So Miller is right. It’s not uncommon for supervisors to become assessors. However, it’s rare that a supervisor would be appointed to the position while still serving on the board.
Just food for thought.

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