LAKE PLACID - The North Elba town board unanimously appointed Todd Anthony as the sole assessor for the town and village on Tuesday, June 10.
Anthony, of Wilmington, currently works for the New York State Office of Real Property Services. The town board interviewed several candidates for the position, town Supervisor Roby Politi said at the meeting. Anthony was not present.
"He is, in our opinion, an extremely qualified official," Politi said.
Anthony will begin working for the town on Jan. 1, 2015. He will serve the remainder of the term of the previous, elected assessor Kimball Daby, who died last year. There are four years left before the term expires.
The new salary for the sole assessor will be $60,000. Previously the assessor made about $48,000, Politi said.
"There is an added cost for this gentleman but we believe he will be well worth the salary," Politi said.
Currently, Jim Bishop and Art Jubin are filling the role as assessors for the town. They previously assisted Daby, the chief assessor for the town. Bishop and Jubin will continue on the job until 2015, when Anthony takes over.
Politi, town Councilman Jack Favro and Councilman Bob Miller were in on the interview with Anthony.
"The three I interviewed were fabulous, but (Anthony) rose to the top very quickly," Miller said. "He understands it's a people business and a service."
"Absolutely," Favro added. "I think (customer service is) something he spent a lot of time on. He was able to speak with an older lady or someone who was irate. I was really impressed."
Politi said because Anthony does not live in North Elba it "makes it easier for him to make assessments in a fair and unbiased opinion."
The town board also invited Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall to sit in on the interviews. He sat in on a couple, including Anthony's.
"Recalling his credentials, I think the town will be very well served," Randall said. "I was pleased when the supervisor (Politi) advised me they made that appointment."