Sumner County

County Appraiser - Sumner County


County Appraiser

Sumner County                                                                                                     Appraiser

Pay Level 13 – Exempt

$51,105.60-$79,821.20   DOQ     (2023 pay scale)

 Residency:  Must reside in Sumner County within twelve (12) months of employment

Position Summary


Under the supervision of the Board of County Commissioners, the County Appraiser performs duties relating to appraisal functions as required by Kansas statutes. The responsibilities of this position include the management, direction and supervision of the operations of the Appraiser’s office and staff. State statutes define the role of the County Appraiser; thus the employee effectively reports to the Board of County Commissioners and State officials.

Essential Functions


·         Install and maintain such records and data relating to all property in the county, taxable and exempt, as may be required by the director of property taxation;

·         Annually, as of January 1, supervise the listing and appraisal of all real estate and personal property in the county subject to taxation except state-appraised property;

·         Prepare the appraisal roll and certify such rolls to the county clerk;

·         Sets values for various types of personal property, conforming to the values for such property as shown in the personal property appraisal guides devised or prescribed by the director of property valuation;

·         Carries on continuously throughout the year the process of appraising real property;

·         Plans, assigns and supervises the work of subordinate personnel;

·         Attends classes and/or seminars as required by the Kansas Property Valuation Department.

·         Approves and checks all accounts payables for his/her department before being presented to the County Clerk for payment and submits them in a timely manner as required;

·         Approves and checks his/her department’s payroll before being presented to the County Clerk for payment and submits them in a timely manner as required;

·         Prepares and submits a departmental budget to the Board of County Commissioners;

·         Keeps the Board of County Commissioners informed of departmental operations, budget status, and legislative issues effecting the department;

·         Responsible for ensuring all hearings and appeals concerning annual values set forth each year are conducted correctly;

·         Works with Geographic Information System and assists the Information Technology Director with it soversight;

·         Works with other departments within the County.


Marginal Functions


·         Performs other duties as deemed necessary or as required by law;

·         May be required to cross train with other suitable county departments;

·         Engages in activities both related and nonrelated to appraisal issues as requested by the Board of County Commissioners, such as setting on committees to assist the Commission in making knowledgeable decisions.


County Appraiser

Position Requirements


Experience:  Three or more years of mass appraisal experience.     


Education:   Designation required as a certified general real property appraiser, a registered mass appraiser or holding a valid residential evaluation specialist or certified assessment evaluation designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers. Must be qualified as an eligible Kansas appraiser under the provisions of applicable Kansas statutes. On-going classes and/or seminars as may be required to maintain eligibility for designations acquired through the Property Valuation Department. Must be in possession of or have the ability to obtain a valid Kansas drivers license.           


Technical Skills: Knowledge, understanding and ability to use appraisal techniques, principles and practices of the property assessment process. Strong analytical, documentation, organizational and mathematical skills. Knowledge and understanding of construction techniques and materials helpful. Ability to interpret and analyze maps and legal descriptions. Ability to deal tactfully with other persons and to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing. Ability to plan and supervise the work of others. Must have a general knowledge of Geographic Information System.  Proficiency in using computer software applications to include word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Ability to efficiently operate typewriters, adding machines, computers, photocopiers and related office machines.


Problem Solving: Extensive problem solving exists in relation to the performance of departmental functions. Typical problems consist of determining the most efficient and cost-effective methods to accomplish required appraisal functions.  


Decision-Making: Extensive decision-making exists in this position. Typical decisions involve a high degree of technicalities and logic in the determination of fair and equitable value of property. The planning, scheduling and prioritizing of work also requires considerable judgment to utilize staff, equipment, time and materials efficiently.  


Supervision:   Work performance reviewed by Board of County Commissioners. Employee has supervisory responsibility over subordinate personnel.    


Financial Accountability: Employee is responsible for budgetary control of the department and prepares an annual departmental budget. Employee is responsible for the proper collection and recording of any fees applicable to department functions.


Personal Relations: Frequent contact with the general public and frequent contact with other county departments.


Working Conditions: Adverse weather conditions may be a factor if conducting inspections in the field. Stressful situations may occur when dealing with citizens.


Physical Requirements: To perform the duties of this job, the employee must have fine and gross manual dexterity. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision and depth perception. Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time. Ability to hear and be heard in a conversational voice at a distance of 15 feet. Ability to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds, bend, stoop, kneel and climb stairs.