By Kayleigh Rahn
The Douglas County Board appointed a new Supervisor of Assessments during its meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Cindy Baer will lead the county office following a more than a year of the office operating without consistent leadership.
Baer, who will take on the job with a salary of $51,000, has been appointed until September 2021. Interim supervisor Stan Jenkins will remain under contract to assist the department with the reworking of the commercial property assessments, according to the board report.
In other personnel business, the boardaccepted board member Michael Carroll’s resignation.
Carroll, whose term will expire in 2020, said he believes the board is ready for new perspective, which is why he supported the board appointment of his replacement Phil Morris of Tuscola.
Board Chairman Don Munson thanked Carroll for his work with th board and noted that Carroll’s expertise with the courthouse workings and background in law was a tremendous benefit to the county as a whole.
“You have served this county your entire life,” Munson told the retired judge. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect when you joined the board, but, Mike, we are going to miss you. Your wealth of knowledge of this county has served it well. Thank you for all you have done; you’re going to be missed.”
Morris, who will take Carroll’s seat Tuesday, Nov. 20, has served the U.S. Department of Treasury and worked with various banking entities both at home and abroad.
“We are extremely pleased to have you,” Munson told Morris. “I remember you when we were in high school. What you bring to the board and your rounded credentials will serve this board well. I will put you to good use.”
The county continued work on the proposed Harvest Ridge (formerly called Broadlands) wind farm project by EDP Renewables to be located in the northeast corner of the county. County board members agreed to a road use agreement with the company and a reimbursement of engineering fees for the Wind Energy Conversion System.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Oct. 24 edition of The Tuscola Journal.