Jim Maloney, Polk County Assessor, announced his plans to retire after 45 years of service with Polk County. Elected as County Auditor in 1969 Maloney then became the Assessor for the City of Des Moines in 1984. In 1997 the City and County Assessor offices were combined and the Conference Board appointed Maloney. He has also served one term in the Iowa Legislature.
John Mauro, Chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors said “Jim has been a terrific representative of and friend to Polk County. The pride that he takes in his work is reflected in his impeccably run office. He will be missed and hard to replace.”
The Polk County Assessor is responsible for determining the value of commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential property in Polk County. According to Maloney one of the highlights of his career was when they successfully converted to online processing, which made it not only more convenient for residents but also gave the public access to assessment records.
“Polk County has been a terrific place to work and I know that I will miss my work and many of my coworkers very much but I’m also looking forward to spending more time in my garden, doing charity work and traveling more to see my children and grandchildren” said Maloney.
Maloney’s retirement is effective April 15 and his replacement will be appointed by the Conference Board, a board assembled by State law consisting of a representative from every school district in Polk County, the Mayor of each city within Polk County, and the Polk County Board of Supervisors. The Conference Board will receive a list of qualified candidates from the Department of Revenue before beginning the process of interviewing and making a decision regarding his successor. In the interim Chief Deputy Assessor Randy Ripperger will assume the duties of the Polk County Assessor.