Knowledge and experience in all aspects of the office are extremely important, as you want a county assessor that not only understands the appraisal process but also market sales analysis, the levy process for calculating your property taxes, and exemption programs, just to name a few of the responsibilities of your assessor. This responsibility requires an experienced leader who has a strong understanding of Washington law, strong mathematical and analytical skills, and the ability to work well with every tax district and the state to ensure that assessments and calculations are accurate. I have over 36 years of assessment-related experience, with the first 20 years of my career working my way from a real estate agent to a broker in the real estate industry. I joined the assessor’s office in 2007, where I started as a residential appraiser and worked my way up to Chief Deputy before the County Commissioners appointed me as assessor this April. I am a consistent, fair, and trusted leader who has the knowledge and skills to ensure that our office continues to be available, transparent, and provides the courteous and thorough customer service that our property owners have come to expect. I will continue to work with other elected officials and our legislature when they propose legislation that would raise property taxes or implement new exemption programs that will result in our property owners paying more in property taxes.