GRANITE CITY — After a 31-year tenure in public office, Granite City Township Assessor Darlene Laub will step down at the end of this month for health reasons.
Laub, who has served as assessor since 1985, is responsible for determining the market value of property for tax purposes. In larger townships, state law requires assessors to have a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute.
Granite City aldermen accepted Laub’s resignation letter at the Sept. 20 township meeting.
“She dedicated herself to this community,” Mayor Ed Hagnauer said. “We owe her a lot. She was always someone we could talk to. We’re going to miss her.”
Aldermen approved the mayor’s appointment of Chief Deputy Assessor Debbie Gray to serve as interim assessor until April 4, 2017, when voters will elect a new assessor. Gray has been chief deputy since 1987 and an employee since 1980. If elected, her four-year term would start Jan. 1, 2018.
“I’d just like to thank everybody and let you know I’ll do my best to fill Darlene’s shoes,” Gray said during the council meeting.
The mayor praised Gray for her work at the Assessor’s Office.
“Any time we’ve had a problem lately, you can pick up the phone and Debbie’s there,” he said.
The state mandates reassessments every four years, although assessors are allowed to do a reassessment every year. Besides property appraisals, Gray said the office also assists seniors and disabled people with tax exemptions.
“We basically place value on all the residential, commercial and industrial property within our township, which means you keep up with building permits and new construction,” Gray said.