Chief Appraiser

Organization: Palm Beach County, FL
Salary: The beginning salary will be industry competitive and commensurate with experience.
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Job Description:

Palm Beach County is located in southeastern Florida directly north of Broward County and Miami-Dade County. According to a 2019 census report, the County had a population of 1,496,770, making it the third-most populous county in the state of Florida and the 25th-most populous county in the United States The largest city and county seat is West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach County is governed by a Board of Commissioners (BCC), consisting of seven commissioners who are all elected from single-member districts.

Along with the Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, the Sheriff, the Tax Collector, and the Supervisor of Elections, the Property Appraiser is an elected Constitutional Officer. The Constitutional Officers are elected at large to four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. These Officers establish the budgets for their offices independent of the operating budget set by the Board of County Commissioners. Although they operate independently, constitutional officers work in cooperation with the BCC to serve the public efficiently and cost-effectively.

The mission of the Property Appraiser’s Office is to provide a fair and equitable tax roll according to Florida Statutes, administer all exemptions, and to serve the public of the County in a courteous manner.

The Office is responsible for identifying, locating, and valuing all property within the County for ad valorem tax purposes. The Appraiser’s Office applies tax rates as adopted by the various taxing authorities to each parcel of property to produce a tax roll. This is the tax base for ad valorem funds that provides for the function of County government, the School Board, municipalities, and other various ad valorem districts. The 2021 total market value of real property in Palm Beach County is $308,676,097,891. There are 648,111 real property parcels and 60,000 personal property accounts.
The Property Appraiser also administers several types of exemptions including homestead, disability, senior citizen, widow/widower, historic property, and economic exemptions and maintains the County base map. The office manages property ownership records, descriptions of buildings and property characteristics, and other relevant property specific information. The Office currently employees 240 FTE’s and operates with a budget of $26,594,937. The Office is a primary source of real estate and personal property information which is available to the public through its web site,

The current Property Appraiser, Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS was elected as Property Appraiser in 2016 following a distinguished 28-year career in the office. Ms. Jacks is a globally recognized expert and champion of innovation in her field.

The Chief Appraiser is a full-time exempt position that involves advanced administrative and management work assisting the Property Appraiser in the management of division activities for the preparation and certification of a County-wide real and personal property tax roll. The work may also include acting for the Property Appraiser in her absence or as delegated. The complexity and scope of duties requires the exercise of considerable independent judgment with limited supervision. This position reports directly to the Property Appraiser and work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and performance evaluations.

Essential functions include:
• Supervise and work with Directors and Managers to ensure equity and fairness in the tax roll preparation.
• Prepare complex and detailed reports.
• Make public presentations of technical and complex information.
• Lead, manage and/or provide expertise on various valuation projects.
• Implement policies, procedures, and performance standards to assure the efficient and effective operation of appraisal functions in compliance with state laws.
• Coordinate with all departments to ensure efficient operation of the Property Appraiser's office and participate in long- and short-term planning and goals development.
• Work with outside counsel on litigation cases related to property tax disputes and exemption challenges.
• Approve all preliminary tax roll changes and errors and changes through the petition and review process.
• Develop, implement, and administer clearly defined written division policies and procedures and ensure compliance with administrative policies and procedures as outlined by the staff handbook.
• Manage the daily operation of the Appraisal Division to always ensure prompt and courteous service to the public.

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Public Administration or Business or the equivalent in practical experience supplemented by related technical appraisal education and training equal to ten (10) years.

Wide-ranging, progressively responsible managerial experience preferably in government.
MAI (Appraisal Institute), IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers) or related professional appraisal designation preferred or alternatively 10 – 15 years of property tax assessment experience.
Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license and a safe driving record.

The beginning salary will be industry competitive and commensurate with experience. The Property Appraiser offers excellent benefits which include: State retirement, a generous paid time-off program, medical/prescription insurance, dental vision, life & long term disability insurance, an employee assistance program, mileage reimbursement and other benefits.

To Apply

This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. If you are qualified and interested in being considered, please to email your cover letter, resume, and current salary without delay to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848

Palm Beach County is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer

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