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Parting words

Kevin Ternes, Minot

I want to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Minot for allowing me to serve in the Minot City Assessor’s office for almost 29 years and being your City Assessor for the last 16 years. I want to especially thank former Minot City Assessor Erv Johnson and former City Manager Bob Schempp for giving me the chance to serve you since 1991. It truly has been an exciting career.

Working in the Minot City Assessor’s Office meant you worked with people from various political subdivisions to include administrative staff and elected officials not only from the city, but from the county, park and three school districts that have taxable value in Minot. It also meant you worked with staff from the ND State Tax Department, other city and county assessment offices across the state, and all Minot city departments.

It meant you assisted people every day who were looking for information that our office had regarding real estate and True and Full valuations. It also meant explaining to the taxpayers of Minot how those numbers were developed.

I believe Minot currently has a very capable staff in your assessor’s office who have the training and expertise to estimate your property’s assessed value fairly and equitably. I encourage anybody with questions they might have in the future to visit them or give them a phone call.

I also would like to encourage anyone who is looking for a career in local government to consider one of the various departments when positions open with the City of Minot whether it be in public safety, public works, engineering, airport, planning/inspection, finance, library, human resources, attorney’s office or the assessor’s office. These departments are directed by wonderful department heads who have the expertise and dedication that continues to provide the highest level of service to Minot.

So with mixed emotions that includes excitement in starting a new adventure and hopefully more time for hobbies and grandchildren, I am sad to be leaving employment with the City of Minot. As I exit stage left and leave public service, in my heart I know that you, the wonderful citizens of Minot, gave me a wonderful career and a wonderful life.

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