The widow of San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton is among five people seeking to finish the final few months of his second term.
Dutton, 71, died July 23 after a battle with cancer. The former state legislator and Rancho Cucamonga City Council member represented the Inland Empire in elected office for 24 years.
At its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23, the county Board of Supervisors formally received the list of five people who applied to replace him:
Gonzales served on the Board of Supervisors from 2004 through 2020.
Walker, elected assessor in 2004, retired from the job in 2016. He previously served on the Chino City Council and as Fourth District supervisor.
The board expects to appoint one of the finalists on Sept. 13 to fill the remainder of Dutton’s current term.
Initially, the board intended to interview three of the candidates for the job. But with only five applications in by the deadline, the board voted 4-1 Tuesday to interview all five in September.
“Since we have such a small pool, I would be fine with interviewing all five,” Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca Jr. said.
Later this year, the supervisors will appoint someone to replace Dutton for the first two years of what would have been his next term, starting in January. Dutton ran unopposed in the June primary.
The assessor’s seat will be back on the November 2024 ballot. The winner of that special election will serve the remaining two years of what would have been Dutton’s third term.