Lincoln Township in the market for an assessor

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township will begin a search for a new assessor for the first time in 19 years.

Barbara Cheek is retiring in order to do some traveling with her husband. Cheek’s last day is Oct. 31.

Supervisor Dick Stauffer said it can be hard to find Cheek’s level of assessing certification and experience. Cheek is considered a Level III assessor.

An assessor estimates the value of real property within a city, township or village’s boundaries. This value is then converted into an assessment, which is a component in the computation of property tax bills.

“She’s not leaving for any reason of performance. She’s been a wonderful assessor,” Stauffer said. “The tests are quite rigorous to become an assessor, but we’re going to pursue several avenues.”

Cheek said the position’s availability will be advertised in the Michigan Assessor’s Magazine, and she will get the word out at the monthly Berrien County assessor’s meeting. Stauffer said the township will publicize the job opening in the Michigan Township Association’s newsletter.

The hiring committee will include Stauffer, Treasurer Terrie Smith and Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter.

Cheek said her replacement must be able to conduct sale studies, do fieldwork, work with the public and develop assessments. Applicants do not have to be township residents.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on May 12, 2016)

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