Riverside County assessor: ‘It’s time for me to step aside’

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward announced today he will not seek a third term in office.

”It is time for me to step aside after dedicating the last nine years to doing absolutely the best job I could,” Ward said.

The 64-year-old Riverside resident was appointed to the position in 2005, following the retirement of then-assessor Gary Orso. Ward was first elected in 2006, handily beating his opponent in the June primary. He ran unopposed in his 2010 re-election bid.

He has worked in county government for 35 years.

Ward said that although he had planned to seek election to a third term, his feelings changed after weighing the ”challenges” that lay ahead over the next five years — a point on which he didn’t elaborate — adding that he wanted to spend more time with his wife and three grandchildren.

Ward endorsed Assistant Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Peter Aldana in the June primary.

”Peter has been in the office for 25 years and shares the respect and passion that I have for the important work we do,” he said. ”He has all the experience and credentials the job demands.”

The Riverside County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office is responsible for tallying property values, issuing marriage and fictitious business licenses, processing passport applications, among other things.

Ward will leave office at the end of the year.

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