Art Bacon, assistant county Treasurer-Tax Collector, will serve as acting Treasurer-Tax Collector until the Board of Supervisors decides when and how to fill the job permanently.
Frank Freitas, who held the post for decades, resigned suddenly last week. The position is an elected one, and Freitas’ term ran through the end of 2014.
“It is not necessary for the Board of Supervisors to act immediately,” according to Supervisor chairman Jim Patterson.
Freitas gave no reason for his sudden departure other than to say that he is “looking forward to gaining more personal time.”
County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi said “we knew that Mr. Freitas was contemplating retirement but not this soon. We were surprised by his swift announcement.”
“That being said, over the years he's consistently stated that when the day came in which he woke up in the morning and felt it was time to retire that he would do so. It appears he is staying true to his word,” Buckshi went on.
“Frank has been a highly valued public servant for over 35 years,” Buckshi said. Freitas became the second elected county official this year to retire before filling out his term. Auditor-Controller Gere Sibbach retired in September, although Sibbach said he will work through December. The Board of Supervisors named Jim Erb as Sibbach’s successor.
There have been other changes in key county government positions this year as Buckshi replaced Jim Grant as the top administrator, and Rita Neal took over for retiring County Counsel Warren Jensen.
In January the Board of Supervisors will change its composition as well, as Debbie Arnold replaces Jim Patterson, whom she defeated in the June primary election.