Interim LA County Assessor nominated

Santos Kreimann

LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors will consider its Director of Beaches and Harbors to temporarily replace embattled Assessor John Noguez, who is taking an indefinite leave of absence amid allegations of misconduct.

County Chief Executive Officer William Fujioka Tuesday recommended the appointment of Santos H. Kreimann to serve as Chief Deputy Assessor.

Supervisors will consider Kreimann’s nomination at their meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 20012.

If approved, Kreimann will step in as Interim Assessor, temporarily replacing Noguez.

Noguez previously announced plans to take a voluntary leave of absence during an ongoing investigation within the Assessor’s Office.

A former appraiser in Noguez’s office is facing criminal charges for allegedly lowering property values on multimillion-dollar homes, condos and businesses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades to secure campaign contributions for Noguez.

Noguez’s leave is scheduled to begin when the Board of Supervisors fills the Chief Deputy Assessor position.

In a statement Tuesday, Noguez said he is looking forward to appointing Kreimann.

“I encourage my staff to support Santos Kreimann during my absence. He will have my full authority to manage and oversee the department,” Noguez said.

Kreimann is a longtime County employee with more than 20 years’ experience in various County Departments, including the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office, the Department of Health Services, the Chief Administrative Office, and the Department of Beaches and Harbors. Kreimann was appointed as the County’s Director of Beaches and Harbors on January 27, 2009.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles in 1991.  He resides in Whittier, California with his wife and three daughters.

A salary and start date for Kreimann will be determined after a transition plan is developed between the Assessor’s Office, the Chief Executive Office, and Kreimann.