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Grundy to hire new assessor

MORRIS – The search to replace Grundy County’s long-time Supervisor of Assessments Dave Henderson may be over.

Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson appointed Stephanie Kennedy on Wednesday to be the county’s chief tax assessor. The appointment awaits full Grundy County Board approval at the July 8 meeting.

The appointment was made by Severson with input from members of the Grundy County Personnel and Tax committees.

The county’s tax assessor is charged with valuing every approval property within the county and works on all things tax-related, including abatements, negotiations and settlements.

Kennedy brings 18 years of experience in tax assessment to the position. Most recently, Kennedy served as the deputy supervisor of assessments for LaSalle County and has dealt with properties similar to those in Grundy County, Severson said.

“What we liked is there is a nuclear plant in LaSalle, and so she’s already familiar with that,” Severson said. “With her experience, we really felt she was the best for the position. We are happy to have her.”

Henderson will retire June 30 after 35 years serving as the county’s assessor.

The full board meets July 8, leaving eight days between Henderson’s retirement and Kennedy’s official start date, which is July 9.

During that gap, Henderson can appoint someone from his office to be the acting supervisor until the county officially hires Kennedy. If the full board does not approve Kennedy next month, the acting assessor could serve for up to 60 days while the county found a replacement.

To help make the transition easier, Henderson plans to have all of his assessments for next tax year completed and submitted to the board of review.

“It’s not like there’s a lot of stuff left to do in that time period,” Severson said.

The county has yet to set Kennedy’s salary, but it will fall within the range of $65,000 to $75,000, depending on experience, per the original job posting. Henderson makes $78,000 annually, but has served as the county’s assessor for more than 35 years.

Pending her approval, Kennedy’s salary will be set by the personnel committee at a special meeting, Severson said.

“I don’t see any reason why it won’t happen. We’re planning on her being appointed,” Severson said.

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