You wouldn’t elect a sheriff who doesn’t have law enforcement experience. You can’t elect a county prosecutor who isn’t a lawyer. So why would you elect someone to run the largest appraisal shop in the county who has no experience in mass appraisal?
In the race for Pierce County assessor-treasurer there are two choices: Mike Lonergan, who doesn’t have any experience managing a mass appraisal organization, and Billie O’Brien, a seasoned property tax professional.
For 22 years, O’Brien has been an appraiser, segregation technician, supervisor, manager and acting chief deputy. She has successfully led the office while coordinating the valuation and taxation of approximately 330,000 parcels collecting approximately $1 billion in property taxes each year.
This is no place for a trainee. This is serious work for a serious property tax professional.
I endorse O’Brien for assessor-treasurer. I hope you will join me in supporting the most qualified candidate.
(Hall is an appraiser in the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office.)