MT. VERNON — Just shy of 30 years of service to Jefferson County, Supervisor of Assessments Steve Lueker will step down from the position officially at the end this week.
Lueker announced his retirement over a year ago to the Jefferson County Board. The Board recently appointed Mt. Vernon Township deputy assessor Lee Ann Crunk to replace Lueker.
While Lueker will not have a daily presence in the basement of the courthouse, he has offered his experience in a consulting role — the request will formally be made at tonight’s Fiscal Committee meeting — and will remain active in the local Emergency Management Agency as its coordinator.
Lueker was appointed Supervisor of Assessments in Jefferson County on June 1, 1984, following similar appointments in Perry and Brown counties. He served three and two years, respectively, in those counties, and during a
transitional period served as a land man for an area coal company.
At age 24, Lueker was one of the youngest Supervisor of Assessments in the state when he was hired to that position in Perry County in 1976. He took that position following the retirement of his predecessor. He became interested in the work while attending Rend Lake College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
“The (Perry County) Republican county chairman called my father and asked if I would be interested in a summer job in the assessor’s office,” Lueker said. “With that, I got into doing the work in the office and fell into liking it, and the girls at the local abstract office kind of took a shining to me, and taught me a great deal. I even switched majors in college because I liked it so well. They asked if I would stay on and eventually became the Supervisor of Assessments there. I never cared whether I made a whole lot of money as long as I had something good going and I liked it.”