Joe Udermann took over as Faribault County Assessor Jan. 1 and is scheduled to finish his responsibilities Dec. 16.
“We haven’t gotten official approval from the board of commissioners,” says Central Services Director Brenda Ripley. “They will make the resignation official at the scheduled commissioners meeting Dec. 13.”
Udermann says he is pursuing employment opportunities in northern Minnesota to be closer to family.
“I have received a great opportunity,” Udermann says. “I have enjoyed working here, appreciate the opportunity and I will miss the great staff I have worked with and the people of Faribault County.”
In his new position, Udermann will fill the role of chief deputy assessor in Itasca County.
Udermann cites financial reasons, better benefits and being closer to family and friends as driving forces for his resignation.
“Anytime someone can better themselves and be closer to family, that’s a good thing,” Ripley says. “We are sorry to see him go. He was good to have around.” Udermann’s resignation comes shortly after the commissioners fully appointed him to the position of county assessor at the Sept. 13 board meeting.
“I am surprised,” Faribault County Auditor/Treasurer John Thompson says. “But, assessors are in high demand throughout the state.”
Udermann recently completed education to receive his Certified Minnesota Assessor License.
Thompson says Faribault County paid for the registration, fees and courses he took.
“It was a couple thousand dollars,” Thompson says. “Education is not cheap.”
Prior to Udermann, Sue Wiltse held the position of county assessor for over 30 years.
Now, the board will have to search for an assessor for the second time in as many years.
“We will look at replacement or sharing with other counties for a temporary time,” says Thompson. “It is hard for Faribault County to compete with offers made from bigger counties.”
The commissioners will begin replacement discussions at their next board meeting.
“We will miss him,” Thompson says. “He has a good future in the assessing business and we wish him luck.”