Assessing a quarter century |

Assessing a quarter century

Kurt Hildebrand

Douglas County Assessor Doug Sonnemann celebrated his 25th anniversary working for the county on Wednesday.

Doug was elected assessor in 2002, and was sworn into office in January 2003. He grew up in Sparks and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno.

He got some practice as an elected official by serving on the Gardnerville Town Board 1991-1998, and was an active member of the Douglas County Engine Company for 24 years.

Doug and his wife Val live in Gardnerville with their two children. Cole, 19, is in the Nevada National Guard and attends Western Nevada College. Kelly, 16, attends Douglas High School.

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I got two calls within an hour of each other from ladies who said they’d received suspicious phone calls. The first said she heard from someone raising money for First Responders on Saturday. She didn’t give them any money, but said the person on the other end of the line was very aggressive. The Nevada Attorney General sent a note out to beware of folks claiming to raise money for victims in the Boston Marathon bombing. The thing to keep in mind is that the folks on the other end of the phone are getting paid, and sometimes by the number of successful donations they receive. If you want to help the Boston folks, there’s the, or you can always donate to the American Red Cross.

The second lady said she got a message reportedly from her bank that there was something wrong with her credit card. She called the number, but the person couldn’t tell her what her bank was exactly and was trying to get information about her account. No one from the bank is going to call you, and if they do, I wager they’ll know what bank it is.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.