Archive for Monday, July 13, 2009

County commission names new appraiser

July 13, 2009

A familiar Douglas County face now will take a new leadership role.

County commissioners Monday morning appointed longtime county staffer Steven Miles to serve as Douglas County appraiser for four years.

Miles replaces longtime County Appraiser Marion Johnson, who retired in June after serving 18 years.

“I welcome the encouragement and support of the commission the employees and all the citizens of Douglas County,” Miles said. “I intend to continue the work that Marion Johnson has put out for the last 18 years and just hope to serve you well.”

Miles has worked as an appraisal manager in the office, and when Johnson stepped down in June, commissioners appointed him as interim appraiser.

During their search for a new appraiser, commissioners interviewed Miles and August Dettbarn, another longtime appraiser’s office staffer. A third candidate from outside the county had asked to be removed from consideration for the job before the finalist interviews.

“We’re already grateful for the quiet leadership you've shown in the interim,” Commissioner Nancy Thellman said Monday after the commission appointed Miles.

Also during their Monday meeting, commissioners have unanimously signed off on the city’s plans to annex 448 acres of the former Farmland Industries property east of Lawrence.

Farmland filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and city leaders are trying to negotiate a purchase of the property so it can be used for industrial development. The environmentally blighted property also needs to be cleaned up.

The annexation allows for city services to be provided on the property.

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