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Franklin County Assessor Peter McEnderfer steps down

PASCO — Franklin County Assessor Peter McEnderfer announced his resignation this morning, Tuesday, Jan. 5, during a meeting of the county commission.

“I am informing you of my resignation effective Jan. 31,” he said, in a prepared statement he read to commissioners shortly after the commission elected Clint Didier chairman and Rocky Mullen chairman pro tempore.

McEnderfer, a Republican, said he had intended to full the remainder of his term, but decided to step down because of the current political climate in Franklin County.

“I will not be able to provide any assistance after Jan. 31 as I will be beginning a new chapter of my life,” he said.

“That comes with a bit of surprise,” Chairman Didier said. “But I truly honor your decision. I thank you for your service.”

“I wish to thank Mr. McEnderfer for his service to Franklin County," county Administrator Keith Johnson said. “He will certainly be missed.”

McEnderfer was elected to a four-year term on Nov. 6, 2018, running unopposed. He replaced previous Republican Assessor Steven Marks, who did not seek re-election.

Didier said commissioners will immediately begin the process of finding a new assessor to serve out the remainder of McEnderfer’s term.

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