Holsclaw retires as county assessor

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff

Carter County Assessor of Property, John Holsclaw, 61, has announced his retirement. He has directed the assessors office in the county for the past 27 years.
   Holsclaw presented County Executive Dale Fair with a letter Friday stating his intent to retire. In the letter, he cited his desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason for his retirement. He said some members of his family have health problems, and he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren.
   "He states there are health problems he is having with his family, and he felt that it is the right time with the department being in good shape," Fair said.
   Fair stated that Holsclaw is leaving the property assessment department in very good condition. He said that it is currently operating efficiently and well organized.
   "The timing is right for him to take retirement. We at the county offices are proud for him, and we will move on," Fair said.
   Holsclaw's retirement will be effective March 31, after which an interim assessor will be appointed by the County Commission. The commission is expected to make the appointment during its regular session April 21.
   Fair said he does not know of any person the commission has in mind to fill the office until a permanent assessor is elected. The next General Election will be held in August 2004.