It is with great sadness that I am retiring as Bonner County assessor. My last day will be Jan.13, 2019.
I have spent 16 years working for the county as commissioner for four years and as assessor for 12 years. I am now 77 and it is about time that I hang it up.
My time working as an elected official has been the greatest time of my life. I only wish I had ran for elective office before was I was 60 since service to taxpayers is very rewarding and certainly not in a monetary way.
I donít know what comes next but there will be something to occupy my time and also be rewarding.
I will miss all the great people I have been involved with at the county (well, at least most of them). I have found most county employees to be very hard working, honest and caring.
I always have heard that if you want to eat an elephant it has to be one bite at a time. Our staff in the Assessorís Office have been chewing on the elephant for 12 years and there is still plenty for the new assessor to chew on.
My wife of 43 years, Patti, has been by my side all the way but has never liked politics, especially when someone said something not so nice about me. She has supported me in anything I ever wanted to do and I love her for that and many other things.
During my time in politics I have also built six houses and I might even have one left in me and I would really like to write a book, so we shall see.
Thanks to those of you who have supported me in my political life and as close personal friends over the years.
Jerry Clemons is Bonner County assessor and can be reached at bonnercountyid.gov/assessor.