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Jean McCloskey says she's ready for a 'footloose and fancy free' retirement, leaving office Dec. 3

 - Jean McCloskey has been with the Jefferson County Assessor's office since 2007, holding the top position since 2012. She plans to retire effective Dec. 3.

Jefferson County Assessor Jean McCloskey says no one should be surprised by her retirement announcement. She's been planning it for years.

"I started in April of 2007. I started with a 10-year plan in mind," says McCloskey. "And I exceeded that plan."

McCloskey started with the department as an appraiser. She stepped into the assessor's position in 2012.

"We've been able to produce a fair and equitable tax roll every year, and I'm very proud of that," says McCloskey. "I've had a great set of coworkers over the years since day one. What we do affects the budgets of 15,000 households."

Her last day will be Friday, Dec. 3. McCloskey says December provides the perfecting timing for her to leave.

"We've certified the tax roll. We've collected that first round of payments," says McCloskey. "By December, we've rolled the data forward to start the new year."

The Jefferson County Commissioners have posted the assessor position. The application period closes Nov. 3. Commissioners will interview qualified candidates Nov. 10 and if necessary Nov. 24 and appoint a person to complete McCloskey's term, which ends Jan. 5, 2025.

Voters will elect McCloskey's permanent successor in May of 2024 or November of 2024 if the election requires a run-off.

McCloskey says her staff has cross-trained and added to office procedures to prepare a smooth transition for her replacement.

While McCloskey hopes she and her husband can be "footloose and fancy free," camping and traveling, she plans to stay in Madras.

"This is home and will always be home. The children are here, the grandchildren are here, and we love the area."

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