Davis resigns as Montezuma County assessor

Montezuma County assessor Scott Davis has resigned.

In a June 14 resignation letter to county commissioners, Davis stated that he was unable to serve because of health reasons and a mistake that he reportedly made regarding the Kinder Morgan company. Davis was elected in 2014 for a four-year term.

In the letter, Davis stated that he had recently “received notice that I had failed to properly notify or respond timely to the Kinder Morgan Petition to the State Board of Assessment Appeals.”

“This will result in decreased revenues for Montezuma County,” Davis wrote. “I feel that this has harmed all the citizens of Montezuma County who have put their trust in me, therefore I cannot in good conscience continue to act as assessor.”

Davis did not go into detail about what that means.

Davis added that “due to some health issues, I do not feel that I am unable (sic) to perform the duties of this position.”

On Monday, deputy assessor Leslie Bugg was appointed by the county commissioners to serve as interim assessor until the 2018 general election. She will take the oath of office next week.

“I think that you will do a very good job,” said commissioner Larry Don Suckla.

Bugg has worked in the assessor’s office for the past 10 years. She has been deputy assessor for the past four years. Before that, Bugg was the office manager for six years.

Davis recommended Bugg for the interim assessor appointment.

“It was total a surprise, and I am ready for the challenge,” she said Monday after accepting the position.

Bugg said that she intends to seek election to the office in the 2018 election.

In his resignation letter, Davis stated that Bugg has the “skills and knowledge necessary to carry the office forward and will do a remarkable job.”

“I want to personally thank all of my staff,” Davis wrote. “They have been wonderful and have tried to help me get through these past months. They are to be commended.”

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