County Assessor Jose M. Rodriguez Jr. hopes to continue bringing his old-fashioned values and high-tech thinking to Imperial County.
Rodriguez recently announced his candidacy for the county assessor office in the March 2002 primary election.
He was appointed to the position in 1999 and became the first Hispanic county assessor in the state.
Rodriguez worked his way up to the top of the office. He was hired by the assessor's office right out of Imperial Valley College and has worked there for 37 years.
He had been assistant assessor for 13 years when former county assessor Michael Smith resigned on Dec. 14, 1999. Smith recommended Rodriguez as his replacement. The county Board of Supervisors appointed Rodriguez on Dec. 15 and he took the oath of office Dec. 16.
Before being appointed as the county assessor, he served on the Calexico Unified School Board for 17 years and on the Calexico City Council for four years.