2017-03-23 / News

Christina Deeren Returns To Serve as the St. Ignace Assessor

By Erich T. Doerr

Christina Deeren has returned to the City of St. Ignace to again serve as its assessor. Ms. Deeren announced her resignation from assessor and zoning enforcement officer in December before renegotiating with the city to the return to the assessor position.

“I feel a sense of obligation to see things through,” Ms. Deeren said. “We have some things that are very timely for our taxpayers…I didn’t want them to default on anything.”

Ms. Deeren lives in Traverse City. She became assessor in January 2013. She announced her resignation at a city council work session December 12 with a plan for leaving after December 20. Her departure from St. Ignace came upon her decision to take two new positions as the deputy supervisor and zoning administrator in Peninsula Township closer to her home. She will continue to work both of these roles each week from Monday through Thursday.

Ms. Deeren never left the St. Ignace office completely. She has been coming back to complete some assessing work to meet preexisting deadlines. She eventually gave the city a letter of interest about returning permanently as assessor if the city would renegotiate how she could handle the responsibilities. The two sides came to an agreement with Ms. Deeren to be available in her office on Fridays whenever possible, but she is now allowed to work from home in the event weather or other factors prevent her from making the drive north.

As assessor, Ms. Deeren will now work in her office at City Hall on Fridays before heading out into the community for accessing work on Saturdays, going to all area properties. Her previous schedule had her work on assessing tasks on Mondays and Tuesdays before spending half of Wednesday on zoning issues. Each year she assesses 20% of the community’s properties; that percentage was higher in the past as her efforts were sped up to help with a master appraisal effort but are now returning to their normal levels. Her wage for assessing has not changed.

“I’m looking forward to getting everything updated on the assessment roll,” Ms. Deeren said.

The city has not hired a new zoning enforcement officer, which Ms. Deeren previously filled. City Manager Les Therrian told The St. Ignace News that the city is weighing its present options. Mr. Therrian and executive secretary Helen Thibault are temporarily handling the city’s zoning responsibilities until a decision is made.

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