Wednesday is his last day on the job

    Polk County Assessor Robert Wagner is retiring after 30 years in the Assessor’s Office and can’t wait to spend more time at the lake and visiting his children. He has been the County Assessor for 20 years, but had quite the interesting path getting there.

    Wagner started farming before he graduated from college and left school with a degree in Business Education and a K-12 teaching degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He farmed in the summer, substitute taught during the school year (and drove the school bus), plus he was a school custodian in the winter months. After getting married in 1981, he worked in a video store then sold real estate in Minnesota and North Dakota.

    While in real estate, Wagner attended a course taught by former Polk County Assessor Dale Halos. Shortly after the course, Wagner saw an ad in the newspaper for an appraisal position in the Polk County office and applied. He started with Polk County in January 1987 as an agricultural appraiser before moving to the East Grand Forks office to take over the City of EGF. In December 1996, when Halos retired, Wagner became the next Polk County Assessor.

    His last day is Wednesday, May 31.

    When asked about something that he will miss when he leaves, Wagner said, “I still enjoy this job, but what I will miss most are the people, both local and the statewide friends and colleagues.”

    When asked about something he won’t miss when he leaves, Wagner replied with, “Something I will not miss are the Legislative changes that affect the tax system and assessor’s office. Many are retroactive which means doing some of the work over again - usually during the busiest times.”