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Chief Appraiser

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, researches, analyzes, and develops real and personal property appraisal systems, standards, and procedures within the Assessor division of the County Clerk-Recorder/Assessor's Office; serves as a technical consultant; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position. This position is responsible for evaluating appraisal standards, guidelines, techniques, and methods for conformance with policies, procedures, and applicable laws and regulations; developing work standards; writing policy, procedure, handbooks, and manuals; and serving as an advisor to appraisal staff and technical consultant to departmental executive staff members.


1. Researches, compiles, and analyzes information regarding office and field appraisals, work methods and techniques to determine the need for new programs, policies, procedures, and guidelines; analyzes existing or proposed legislation to determine the impact on valuation and appraisal functions; develops and implements new or revised appraisal procedures and systems to ensure compliance with technical standards and legal requirements; audits appraisals prepared by staff for consistency, accuracy, and to determine conformance to work standards.
2. Prepares reports and makes recommendations to management regarding new or revised operational procedures or automated systems; writes departmental policies and procedures and updates manuals and other technical documents.
3. Appears as the department representative and expert witness before the Boards of Equalization and Assessment Appeals, or court to present and justify appraisals; acts as a resource and internal consultant to staff on assessment matters; provides guidance and assistance to staff in the interpretation of policy and procedure; explains appraisals and assessment procedures to property owners, attorneys, and other involved parties or groups; keeps abreast of technical developments in the appraisal field; advises the Assistant County Clerk-Recorder/Assessor on appraisal questions and office procedures; assists in or may personally perform complex or unusual appraisals; participates in the design, development, and implementation of automated systems for property tax valuation appraisal, geographic land use information, or mapping systems.
4. Prepares and conducts technical training for staff on appraisal techniques, methods, and departmental policies.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Appraiser's Certificate issued by the State of California, and:

1. Seven years experience in appraising property for tax assessment purposes; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the classes of Appraiser III; Assessment Supervisor; or Appraisal Division Manager with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's license is required.

Knowledge of: California Revenue and Taxation Code; property appraisal theory, practices, and techniques; appeals process; report writing; automated systems and personal computer applications.

Ability to: interpret and apply state and local laws governing the appraisal of real property; research and collect technical and statistical data; analyze data, draw conclusions, formulate strategies, and make recommendations; develop and implement programs, procedures, and policies; identify and resolve operating problems; understand and interpret technical information to management, technical staff, and the public; prepare narrative and statistical reports, manuals, and policies and procedures; identify training needs; train staff; make presentations to groups and individuals; establish and maintain working relationships with staff and the public; work independently.

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