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Gaekle seeks election to appointed post
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Stanislaus County Assessor Don Gaekle - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Stanislaus County Assessor Don Gaekle is asking the voters of Stanislaus County to retain him in the office to which he was appointed in 2013.

As assessor, Gaekle bears overall responsibility for completion of the annual assessment roll, department budgeting, customer service and maintenance of public information. In October of 2013 the Board of Supervisors showed their unanimous confidence by appointing Gaekle as assessor to complete the remainder of the term expiring at the end of 2014. He is now running for the office in the June 3 primary.

Gaekle said he is committed to:

• Fair, impartial and timely assessments;

• Continuing high standards of integrity, teamwork, and customer service;

• Implementation of cost-effective methods and technologies to make the Assessor's office a leader in efficiency.

"In over 27 years of experience in the office I worked for the taxpayers of Stanislaus County as an appraiser, senior appraiser and supervising appraiser," said Gaekle. "In 2012 I was asked to be assistant assessor in charge of all valuation divisions. My experience in the Assessor's Office includes, budget development and oversight, production management for roll completion, development of office policies and procedures as well as personnel development and management."

He said his experience "will allow me to effectively lead a professional and innovative Assessor's Office staff as we continue to provide efficient, timely and customer focused assessment services to the taxpayers of Stanislaus County."

Gaekle has received the endorsements of former Stanislaus County Assessors David E. Cogdill, Doug Harms, and Michael "Mike" DeFerrari.

Gaekle is a 1975 graduate of Davis High School in Modesto and earned a Bachelor of Bio-Agricultural Science from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. in 1983. In addition to over 27 years of service in the Assessor's office, he has 15 years of family cattle ranching experience. Gaekle is also a current board member of Community Hospice Foundation in Modesto, a member and past president of Modesto Gateway Rotary Club and a member and current Lector at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Riverbank.