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Property assessor to resign

Property assessor to resign

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 9:00 pm

By JOHN BRANNON
Staff Reporter
Obion County Assessor of Property Kathy Robertson has confirmed she is leaving office Aug. 31 because of health reasons.
She has prepared a formal letter of resignation to submit to the Obion County Commission when it meets in regular session at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.
“In a hard-fought election in 2008, I promised the people of Obion County that if they would re-elect me, I would serve them my full four-year term. Unfortunately, that is a promise I can no longer keep,” she states in the letter.
“During the past 10 months, I have dealt with some serious health issues. Because of this, I feel I can no longer meet the expectations necessary to fulfill my duties as Obion County assessor of property.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. Please realize that my decision is based more on necessity than personal choice.”
First appointed to office in 1991, she has been elected to five consecutive four-year terms. She was last elected in 2008; her current term expires in September 2012.
The resignation is effective Aug. 31.
“It’s very unfortunate that Ms. Robertson, with the many years she’s served the county, has to leave under medical circumstances,” said Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire.
“We appreciate all the service she has given the citizens of Obion County. She will be missed,” he said.
According to the Obion County Administrator of Elections Leigh Schlager, a successor to serve the remaining two years on Ms. Robertson’s term will be elected in the county general election Aug. 5.
The deadline for candidates to file qualifying papers with the Election Commission is noon April 1.
“It’s not a vacancy, though, until her resignation is accepted by the county commission,” Mrs. Schlager said. “It will only be the April 1 deadline if the commission accepts the resignation Monday.”
Published in The Messenger 3.12.10

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