After more than a year of wrangling in public, trading insults and demanding reports, the Mono Supervisors offered what amounts to the epithet to the career of Mono County’s Assessor Jim Lovett.

Lovett had handed in a letter of retirement. On Tuesday, the Supervisors officially accepted it with no small amount of irony. Lovett had refused to bend to demands by citizens and the Supervisors that he clean up his act and go to work more often. Citizens fought back with a re-call election that is still on the ballot.

When the Mono Supervisors accepted Lovett’s retirement letter they agreed that this was a “sad situation” that they were glad to put behind them. Supervisor Bill Reid said that the one good thing that had developed was the realization that “the system works” and when elected officials ignore the demands of the supervisors and the citizenry, their time is limited.

Lovett’s retirement takes effect at the end of May. Even so, the re-call election goes ahead with a needed vote for an Assessor candidate.

As for Lovett, he had been away from his job and scheduled to appear in court for an alleged driving under the influence charge. Lovett did not turn up for his hearing Tuesday. His lawyer asked that the appearance be continued.

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