10:00 PM PST on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Riverside County Auditor-Controller Robert Byrd announced this week he is not seeking re-election to a third four-year term.

Byrd was first elected auditor in 2002 after three years as an assistant auditor-controller and a total of 24 years with Riverside County.

“This has been a difficult decision, but one that has been carefully considered, and is the right choice for me and my family at this point in my career,” Byrd said in a statement released late Thursday afternoon.

Byrd made the announcement to staff this week. But in his statement Thursday, Byrd did not cite specific reasons for not seeking re-election.

The auditor-controller’s office provides fiscal oversight to county agencies, maintains the county budget, distributes property tax revenues and processes employee payroll checks and payments to outside vendors.

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