Vicki Crow, Fresno County’s auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector for 14 years, said Monday that she will resign from her elected office in October.
Crow, 56, cited family reasons for leaving the job.
She was first elected in 2002. Her resignation is effective Oct. 14.
“It is just time for me to retire,” she said Monday. “Some issues have come up in the last year. I really think my priorities have changed.”
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Her husband, David Crow, retired as San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District executive director 10 years ago.
Crow said she wants to be available to her family and that the job prevents her from helping her parents, who live on the coast, and other relatives. She said her brother died last year and she was unable to help family members as much as she would have liked because of her workload.
Some issues have come up in the last year. I really think my priorities have changed.
Vicki Crow, Fresno County’s auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector
“A couple of times I really needed to get out to help my family, but it was hard to get away,” she said. “I finally came to the conclusion that we will live on a budget and I will be there for my family.”
Crow, who lives in Fresno, is a certified public accountant and has a master’s degree in business administration. She said she will take a break before considering another job.
Crow spent the first part of her career working in the Kern County auditor-controller’s office, moving from accountant to division chief in charge of general accounting. In the mid-1990s, she moved to Fresno after marrying and worked at Pacific Resources, a management and financial services company.
Before being elected, she also served as president of the local chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
The county Board of Supervisors is expected to consider her replacement in the coming weeks.
Board Chairman Buddy Mendes said he expects supervisors to make an interim appointment to fill out Crow’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2018.
“I think she will make recommendations to us, and it can be done by appointment,” Mendes said.
Under the county’s charter, County Clerk Brandi Orth said, supervisors can appoint Crow’s successor and will not have to conduct an election before 2018.
Crow won in 2002 by defeating Paul Dictos, who now serves as the county’s assessor-recorder. She replaced Gary Peterson, who had been county auditor for two decades. Crow then ran unopposed in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Dictos said Monday that Crow’s job is highly demanding and pays significantly less than in other counties.
“Most surrounding counties have a tax collector and treasurer separate and auditor, three people for those jobs,” Dictos said.
Supervisor Henry R. Perea said Crow is an important part of the county’s administrative team.
“I’m sad to see her leave,” he said. “I have always had tremendous respect for her and her work and the way she guided the county from a financial lens. ... I think she guided us well on the financial side.”
Crow’s position oversees 114 full-time employees and a budget of more than $13 million. Her salary is $151,413.