Humboldt County Assessor Jeff Johnson set to retire Sept.18. He says he doesn’t plan on doing much fishing, but he does have plenty of small projects around the home he’d like to complete.
Humboldt County Assessor Jeff Johnson set to retire Sept.18. He says he doesn’t plan on doing much fishing, but he does have plenty of small projects around the home he’d like to complete.
Humboldt County’s long-serving assessor Jeff Johnson is set to retire Sept. 18. Johnson said he will continue to work on land values before he clocks in for the last time.

The Humboldt County Commission accepted the resignation of Johnson at the July 20 meeting. At that same meeting the commission appointed Andy Heiser to serve out the rest of Johnson’s term which expires Jan. 1, 2023. Heiser will then face election for the seat. Heiser has been with the Assessor’s Office for three years. 

Johnson, who is originally from Texas, came to Winnemucca as a junior in high school. He graduated from Lowry High School and held a variety of positions before making his way to the assessor’s office including working at the local radio station KWUNA for about 12 years. 

Johnson said he started out as an intern fee appraiser with Mickey Blue in 1989 or 1990. Eventually, a position opened up at the courthouse for an appraiser. He said he applied and was the only person with any experience. He worked about seven years as an appraiser. Johnson said when Blue retired, he campaigned for the assessor’s position and was elected to serve beginning in January 1992. 

Johnson has seen the county through the boom and bust cycle Nevada is prone to experience. “Mining, when I first took office, was ramping back up pretty good. About that time, was when gold took a major dive. The mines had laid off a bunch of people. it was devastating to the community. We had to reduce values, and boy, was that painful and difficult.”  But Johnson says Humboldt County finds its way through the best and the worst. “We’ve been a surviving county,” he says. “We find ways to do the right things and try to keep things moving in a positive direction. … I think Humboldt County will find a way to survive.”

Johnson say he and his wife will stay in the area for a while. “We are anticipating returning to the South either Mississippi, Texas or Louisiana to be with family.” 

Johnson says he wouldn’t have been able to do his job without the support of his hard-working and dedicated staff. As for the incoming Andy Heiser, Johnson says the county and its residents are in good hands. “I am more than confident that Andy will be fantastic,” Johnson said. “He will do a lot better than me in a lot of areas. I think he’ll be a good fit.”