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January 17, 2013

W. Newbury eyes Tynsgborough assessor

WEST NEWBURY — Finance Director Warren Sproul has tapped Lauren Woekel of Tyngsborough as his selection for the town’s new chief assessor.

Sproul chose Woekel from a pool of six candidates, all of whom were interviewed by himself and two members of the Board of Assessors.

Sproul will ask selectmen to approve the appointment at their regular board meeting on Wednesday.

If town leaders OK the choice, Woekel will begin her duties on Feb. 11 with a starting salary of $75,000. She would replace Karen Rassais, who resigned in November citing a difficult political climate in town as one reason for her departure. Rassais’ salary at the time of her resignation was $86,681.

Woekel has more than 15 years of experience in the field of municipal assessing, serving most recently as chief assessor in Tyngsborough. She previously served as director of assessment in Boxford and has held various other assessing positions in Boxford and Methuen, Sproul said.

Woekel holds a state designation as an accredited assessor and has extensive experience in a number of assessing software systems.

“Lauren has spent considerable time and effort in educating taxpayers and residents in the process of assessing and filing abatements and exemptions,” Sproul said, adding that she “successfully managed a full revaluation as well as assessing and inspection duties.”

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