Ball appointed as new assessor

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Greg Ball was appointed as the new Washington County assessor during a Republican caucus held last Saturday.

A 1968 graduate of Salem High School, Ball has worked for the assessor’s office full-time for three years. He has been in charge of field review and data collection for new construction and reassessment.

Prior to that, he worked at Kimball in Borden for 26 years and at GKN for three years.

He said he is looking forward to his new role in the assessor’s office. “I’m trying to soak up as much information as I can!” he said. “I would like to be a good assessor and run for election in one and a half years.”

Ball is certified Level 1 and 2, but will need to be certified at Level 3 in the next 10 months in order to remain in the assessor’s position.

“I hate to see Jason go,” he said, adding that he has enjoyed working with him.

Assessor Jason Cockerill resigned from the position in March. His last day will be April 15. Ball will begin his new duties April 17.

In addition to finding someone to replace him in the field, Ball will also need to fill the position of first deputy, which was held by Eric Wells, who also resigned his position with the office.

This is Ball’s first experience with a political office and he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Anyone is always welcome to come in and talk with me and if they have a question, we’ll work it out,” he said.

Ball will finish out Cockerill’s current term, which expires in December 2018.

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