A Lake Havasu City woman is getting an early start serving as Mohave County Assessor. Jeanne Kentch won the primary election, and with no one qualified as her opponent in the general election, Kentch was appointed as County Assessor during the September 19 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Those elected in county election cycles normally begin their four year terms at the start of the year. Kentch’s case is unique given the death of former Assessor Ron Nicholson earlier this year.

Deputy Assessor Ken Fielder had been serving as interim Assessor since Nicholson’s death but he resigned the position following Kentch’s win in the August 30 primary. Fielder thanked county supervisors for the opportunity to lead the office but asked that his resignation be accepted, that Kentch be appointed early and that he be appointed as her Chief Deputy.

“I think it’s in the best interest of our department and the county to go ahead and make this transition,” Fielder told supervisors. He said it eliminates some uncertainty that would hang over the department were the transition to be postponed until January.

Kentch said she was thrilled with the opportunity to take office early. She said some training sessions are scheduled next month in Tucson where she’ll get to network with Assessors throughout the state.

Kentch said she is also pleased that Fielder will remain on board. “He is an amazing man and we’re very lucky to have his dedication and talent at this county,” she said.

Kentch started work as Assessor the same day as her appointment. She said she plans to work in Kingman Monday through Wednesday, work Thursdays in Bullhead City and work Fridays in Lake Havasu.

“I want to earn my keep,” Kentch said. “I will be working a lot.”