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Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Rod Dole confirmed he plans to retire May 31.

Mr. Dole, 58, was re-elected to his seventh four-year term in November.

He is retiring to spend more time with his wife, Kathie, who had health problems last year and family, according to a county spokesman.

Mr. Dole has been working in the auditor-controller's office for 34 years.

He was appointed Auditor-Controller in 1985 and elected the following year.

One of his recent accomplishments has been the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, which became a model for Property Accessed Clean Energy programs that allow owners to finance alternative energy and energy-efficiency upgrades.

The Board of Supervisors will be spending the next few months looking for a replacement.