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Kilmer appointed Berkeley Co. assessor

February 26, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Patricia Ann "Patsy" Kilmer was appointed Thursday by the Berkeley County Commission to serve as Berkeley County's assessor until after the 2010 general election.

Kilmer, 62, of Inwood, W.Va., served as chief deputy assessor under Preston B. Gooden, who died last week.

Gooden, 69, was elected to a second four-year term in November 2008.

"I'm going to do the very best job (I can)," Kilmer said. "We're going just continue on with what Preston would want us to do."

The commission was obligated by state code to appoint a Republican to the post because Gooden was a Republican.

Kilmer is expected to serve as assessor until the 2010 general election is certified by county officials, according to state code. Voters at the polls next year will decide who will complete the unexpired four-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2012.

Originally hired by the commission nearly 30 years ago, Kilmer said she joined the assessor's office staff in 1985, first working for Mearle E. Spickler, then Evelyn Fink and Gooden, who was elected to the office in 2005.

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As Gooden's chief deputy, Kilmer said she helped Gooden prepare the budget, certify property values and did practically anything else that needed to be done.

"He was pretty much no nonsense," Kilmer said of Gooden. "My door will always be open, just like his was -- to listen. I don't foresee making any changes."

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