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Friday, March 02, 2012

Los Angeles County Assessor Chief of Staff is out of a job. Our coverage from Los Cerritos Community News continues....


Assessor Chief Of Staff Resigns Amid Controversy
Turmoil continues at Assessor's office
Randy Economy
• Fri, Mar 02, 2012
Embattled Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez has accepted the resignation of his chief of staff Chris Carlos, EdD. Los Cerritos Community News has learned exclusively.
In a memo to his employees on Wednesday morning at 8:46 a.m., Noguez said that he accepted the resignation of Carlos on Monday. Noguez has named another political ally, Deputy Assessor George Renkei as his top administrator to replace the controversial Carlos.
Renkei is also a contributor to Noguez political campaigns according to filings with the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office.
Renkei made a $1,000 contribution to Noguez’es assessor campaign on July 20, 2010 and has been a staunch public support of the Assessor.
Noguez turned the reigns of America’s largest county government property assessment agency to Carlos, a former political operative of a San Gabriel Valley based trash recycling business, just months after his election in November of 2010. In documents obtained by Los Cerritos Community News, Noguez radically redrew the organizational chart of the Assessor’s office and gave Carlos the top administrative position.
Before joining Noguez, Carlos was the former head of Government Affairs at Athens Disposal Services.
Further, LCCN was first to report that Carlos had no professional experience in the field of tax management or as a professional appraiser prior to his hiring. Carlos was being paid a monthly salary and benefit package of more than $16,000 per month.
Noguez hired Carlos in June of 2011. LCCN has confirmed that Athens trash hauling executive earned $1,000 a month more than longtime Deputy Assessor Eric Haagenson who was hired back in 1972, and $4,000 more than Major Real Property Chief Appraiser Mark McNeil, who was hired in 1987. Haagenson, Carlos, McNeil and Renkei are all contributors to Noguez political campaign accounts.

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