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County supervisors appoint deputy to lead Assessor's Office

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The man appointed to run the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office while the district attorney completes an investigation said he wants to restore public confidence in an office hit by allegations of misconduct and abuse.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously and without discussion recommended Santos Kreimann, director of Beaches and Harbors, for the position of chief deputy assessor. Kreimann will serve as acting head of the office while Assessor John Noguez takes a voluntary leave of absence.

The District Attorney's Office is looking into allegations that assessed values were lowered for property owners who donated to Noguez's campaign. Last month, a former appraiser was arrested for allegedly lowering values by $172 million. Scott Schenter has pleaded not guilty to 60 felony counts. 

Kreimann has worked for Los Angeles County for 20 years. 

"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. My goal is to reestablish the department as the premier property assessment agency in the nation," Kreimann said in a statement. 

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