cityhall3.jpgSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced his appointment of current city Supervisor Carmen Chu to the post of assessor-recorder this morning.

Chu will succeed Phil Ting who was elected to the California Assembly last fall.

Deputy Assessor-Recorder Zoon Nguyen has been serving as acting assessor-recorder since Dec. 3 and will continue until Chu takes on her new role by March 4.

Lee said he will appoint a new supervisor to take Chu’s role on the board no later than that date.

At the announcement in the mayor’s office at City Hall, Lee did not name any possible candidates, but said, “There are people interested in this position.”

Lee said he will spend the next 30 days searching for a replacement. Chu will continue to sit as supervisor until her successor is chosen.

“We want to do as thorough of a job to find a replacement,” Lee said.

Lee went on to commend Chu’s financial experience, highlighting her leadership with the supervisor’s Budget and Finance Committee since 2011.

“We’ve done a tremendous amount of good work together,” he said.

Chu said she is excited for her “new adventure” working as a fiscal leader and reflected on her five years as a supervisor.

“It’s been my honor, privilege to serve the residents of District 4,” she said.

District 4 includes the city’s Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods.

Chu was elected supervisor in November 2008.

Lee said the Assessor-Recorder’s Office “might be quiet and unassuming, but it’s an incredible part of what we do in this city.”

The office finds taxable property in the city and conducts assessments, generating a large portion of city revenue and collecting underreported tax dollars, according to the mayor’s office.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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