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Deputy County Appraiser Job Description

DATE:                                    April 15, 2018

JOB TITLE:                          DEPUTY COUNTY APPRAISER


REPORTS TO:                    County Appraiser

FLSA STATUS:                   Exempt

SALARY GRADE:               17


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the County Appraiser, performs supervisory and technical work in the appraisal of real and personal property and review of appraisals of others for tax purposes; is responsible for the performance of technical and administrative duties involved in measuring, classifying, recording, reviewing, analyzing, and calculating property values and reviewing and making recommendations on taxpayer complaints of inequities; requires considerable independent judgment and discretion in making decisions; serves in the absence of the County Appraiser.


Essential duties and responsibilities


  • Compiles and reviews records necessary for building and land appraisals, including building plans, plats, maps, aerial photographs, zoning and land use classifications, legislative resolutions, variances, deed restrictions, special folios, and records and factors as location, physical characteristics, schools, and community facilities;
  • as assigned, plans, assigns, supervises, coordinates, and reviews the work of subordinates engaged in the collection of data for property appraisal purposes;
  • coordinates and reviews the work of administrative, technical, and clerical staff;
  • performs appraisal and assessment work particularly with real property;
  • develops and maintains ratio study data;
  • maintains and updates computer assisted land pricing tables and other programs;
  • develops market based depreciation tables for residential and agricultural real property;
  • sizes lots; values agricultural land; verifies sales and maintains sales records;
  • explains purposes and methods of assessment to interested citizen groups;
  • represents Cowley County in State Board of Tax Appeals Smalls Claims and Regular Division hearings and presents data;
  • supervises the maintenance of assessment records and related data;
  • prepares reports

Marginal duties and responsibilities


  • Assist in training of subordinate staff as needed; data collection, sales validation, appeals
  • Assist staff in development of complex Orion queries
  • Assist staff in dealings with complex issues involving other county offices and the general public
  • Provide quality public service to the citizens of Cowley County
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required

 Position Requirements:


Minimum of three years’ experience in ad valorem appraisal or related field, or equivalent training and experience.



High school diploma or GED; Bachelor’s degree in real estate related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Certified as a Kansas County Appraiser; possession of a valid driver’s license; RMA (Registered Mass Appraiser), IAAO RES (Residential Evaluation Specialist), IAAO CAE (Certified Evaluation Specialist) designation or equivalent credentials required. Must possess a valid Kansas Driver’s License.



Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of real and personal property appraisals.

Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the assessment of real and personal property in the State.

Knowledge of the different approaches to real property value and the methodology applicable to each approach.

Working knowledge of data processing related to appraising.

Ability to make fair and equitable appraisals of all types of property.

Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data relating to property values

Ability to deal tactfully, firmly, and courteously with property owners and other employees.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, property owners, and the public.



This position will carry out the responsibilities of the County Appraiser when necessary as 2nd in command. This employee is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of departmental equipment.  Employee may participate in the annual departmental budget process.


This position reports directly to the County Appraiser. This position has supervisory responsibilities for the Field Supervisor, and indirectly, all subordinate appraisal staff.

Working Conditions:

High stress working conditions do exist in the position at times when dealing with disgruntled taxpayers or working under statutory deadlines. This position is approximately 40/60 split field to office work. Adverse weather conditions may be a factor when working in the field. Occasionally required to work in close proximity to animals and often required to work on and around premises that are unkempt


Physical Requirements:

Considerable climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, and walking for extensive periods of time; sitting at a desk or standing for extended periods

Ability to work in adverse weather conditions

Ability to traverse uneven terrain

Vision must be adequate for operating a motor vehicle, data entry, reading various documents, forms and letters

Hearing must be adequate for normal conversation and telephone communication

Occasional lifting of 50 pounds or less

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