December 2, 2013

A deputy assessor for the eastern Iowa city of Clinton will be offered the job as Carroll County assessor at a salary of $62,000 annually.

Carroll County Conference Board members this morning accepted a recommendation from a three-citizen interview team known as the Board of Examiners to hire Brian Tiesman as the successor to Diane Janning, who is retiring at the end of the year. Tiesman, who county supervisors expect to take the position, would start Jan. 1.

"I would say definitely he was the strongest candidate of the whole works," said Supervisor Gene Meiners.

The conference board, representing the taxing jurisdictions of the county, voted unanimously to approve Tiesman for the position.

"I have had numerous people tell me, 'Don't let this one get away,'" said Supervisors Chairman Mark Beardmore.

Tiesman was one of three candidates interviewed by the county's examining board consisting of Ken Payer, Sue Freml and Pat Snyder. Payer, who chaired the examining board, read a strong endorsement from the panel for Tiesman before the conference board vote today.

Supervisors said Tiesman now makes about $53,000 in Clinton. Janning's current salary is $61,652 annually. The state average for county assessors stands at $63,981.

The conference board froze Tiesman's salary for two years - during which time he is expected to fulfill certain certifications.

The primary duty of county assesssors is to assess all real property within their jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. This would include residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property. Real property is revalued every two years.

Tiesman, who lives in Albany, Ill., could not be reached for comment as of presstime today.