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Board of Supervisors questions what's next if Assessor John Noguez leaves office

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The five members of the Board of Supervisors would be responsible for appointing a replacement in the event the county assessor’s office has a vacancy, according to a report released today in the wake of an ongoing investigation into the assessor’s accounting. 

The report from County Counsel was drafted in response to the district attorney’s ongoing investigation into allegations that Assessor John Noguez improperly lowered the assessed value of properties to give campaign contributors a financial break.

Last week, a former county appraiser pleaded not guilty to allegations he reduced property values by $172 million. Scott Schenter has been charged with 60 felony counts.

District Attorney Steve Cooley and Supervisor Mike Antonovich have both called for Noguez to step aside during the investigation. Noguez has denied any wrongdoing.

If the assessor’s seat is vacated, the county supervisors would be responsible for appointing a replacement until a successor is elected. That election could take place in November if Noguez is forced out of office before Aug. 10. The next suitable election after that day would not occur until 2014.

An Antonovich motion on whether the county assessor should be an appointed position was pushed back for two weeks. 

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