City assessor resigns

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2011

City Assessor Sid Daughtrey resigned from his post effective March 4, Mayor Linda T. Johnson announced Wednesday.

City Council accepted Daughtrey’s resignation during a closed meeting Wednesday. Johnson announced the move near the end of the regular meeting.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just taking a break,” Daughtrey said. “I just decided it’s a good time to see what else I can do.”

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Daughtrey, 55, said after the meeting his departure is entirely voluntary — unlike that of his predecessor.

Former assessor Maria Kattmann was fired in May 2008 after numerous Suffolk residents complained about unfair increases to their property assessments. Kattmann then sued the city for breach of contract and retaliatory discharge in violation of public policy. She received a $39,000 check in the resolution of the suit.

At that time, Daughtrey was appointed interim assessor. He received the permanent post later that year.

“It was a little turbulent time,” Daughtrey said Wednesday of his first few months in the role of assessor.

He said Wednesday that now is a good time to “make a break” because the assessment notices will have been mailed out by the time he leaves.

Assessment numbers are set to be released March 2.

Daughtrey has worked for the city for 26 years.