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County to appoint assessor following Willard’s resignation


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The Chaves County Board of Commissioners is expected to appoint a new assessor during its Thursday meeting following the resignation of Mark Willard.

County Manager Bill Williams indicated that Willard had resigned for personal reasons, effective April 30.

Willard was not immediately available for comment.

The commissioners will appoint someone to serve for the remainder of his unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2022.

Willard, a Republican, has been with the county assessor’s office for about 27 years, including about 15 in the elected position of assessor. He held two four-year terms starting in 1998, but could not run again for that position for at least four years due to term limits. He was reelected to the seat in 2014 and 2018.

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The annual public road hearing also will occur Thursday, where people can tell commissioners what they think about the requests to close, adopt or change the status of county roads. Commissioners will not make a decision until sometime after visiting the roads themselves, most likely at their next meeting following the road tour.

In addition to several other business items, the commissioners are also expected to appoint new members to the Chaves County JOY Centers Board of Directors and to the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.

The county also plans to stream the meeting live at www.facebook.com/ChavesCountyNM/.

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