Treasurer-tax collector to retire

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

Tuolumne County Treasurer-Tax Collector Del Hodges announced at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting that he will retire at the end of April.

Hodges has worked for the county 25 years - 18 as treasurer-tax collector.

"I have enjoyed my job and the people I have worked with both county employees and the public," he said in a Tuesday e-mail.

The Board of Supervisors will appoint Hodges' replacement, though supervisors have a handful of options. County Clerk Auditor-Control Debi Bautista said the office's second in command receives the job immediately upon his departure as acting treasurer and tax collector if no action is taken.

The board can also appointanother elected official on an interim basis to handle the duties of the position or opt to carry out a full search involving applicants and interviews before appointing the new department head.

Whoever holds the position would have to run for election in June 2014, as it is an elected position, Bautista said. The county's treasurer and tax collector oversees the banking deposits, manages investment pools and carries out other financial services for all county departments, schools and special districts. He also oversees property tax billing for the same entities.

According to a state database for public employee compensation, the position was paid about $120,000 in total wages in 2011.

This will be the second county department head the board will seek to replace this year. County Counsel Gregory Oliver is retiring March 13. The board met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss applicants. The county hopes to hire its new top lawyer by Feb. 19.

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