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County board dismisses supervisor of assessment citing attendance issues

By Kayleigh Rahn
The Douglas County Board during a special meeting Wednesday, March 28 terminated the employment of the county supervisor of assessments Dan Stebbins citing chronic absenteeism.

Stebbins was formally dismissed, effective immediately, on counts of misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance or intentional conduct that is wrongful. The vote took place following a 17-minute closed session.

Stebbins was hired Tuesday, Nov. 28 and officially took office Friday, Dec. 15 following former Supervisor of Assessment Rena Cain’s resignation.

Stebbins came to the Douglas County office after serving on the Champaign County board of review and as Cunningham Township assessor.

“We hired Dan, and he had served many years on the board of review in Champaign and two terms as assessor and there was nothing that flagged anything,” said Board member Michael Carroll following the special meeting. “We had interviews, and he was the most experienced. In the early talks with him we were excited. Dan is very, very knowledgeable and one of the best minds for assessing. He was described by people from Champaign as an assessment geek and a perfectionist.”

However, Carroll–who serves on the county board’s personnel, legal, and management committee along with Jim Mikeworth and Tom Glenn–said Stebbins’s chronic attendance issues started as early as January.

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, April 4 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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