Longtime assessor-treasurer staffer, Billie O’Brien, will run for the top job against her boss and others
The already crowded field of candidates for Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer got a bit more crowded.
Billie O’Brien, the administrative manager of the assessor-treasurer’s office, declared her candidacy today, making her the fifth announced candidate. If her current boss, Dale Washam, seeks a second term as is expected, there will be six candidates. The top-two vote-getters in the August 7 primary will face off in November.
O’Brien has worked in the agency that assesses the value of county property for taxation purposes for 21 years.
O’Brien said her first job was in the land segregation department. After passing the state exam to become an accredited appraiser, she worked as a residential appraiser for over 10 years. She worked both in the field on appraisals and as a supervisor before becoming administrative manager a job that saw her managing all the property tax and administrative functions of the office for more than nine years.
O’Brien is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers and past president and secretary-treasurer of the West Puget Sound Chapter where she still serves as a standing member of the executive board.
O’Brien says she will run as the candidate with actual knowledge and experience in the assessor-treasurer’s office.
“The office of Assessor-Treasurer demands broad-based, experienced leadership and is not the place for on the job training. I believe it is time the residents of Pierce County were given the option to choose someone with the practical experience that will provide common sense leadership to this office,” she said.
The other announced candidates are Pierce County Councilman Tim Farrell, former Tacoma city councilmen Spiro Manthou and Mike Lonergan and political newcomer David Gommenginger.
Here is O’Brien’s announcement