Johnson County is located in northeast Kansas and is the growth engine of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It lies at the heart of the nation while possessing all the ingredients necessary for economic growth and success. The County boasts nationally ranked schools, a low crime rate, high quality neighborhoods, a low cost of living, and a variety of cultural, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. The County serves an expanding population through 34 county departments, including four separate agencies. The County has approximately 4,000 FTE’s and an FY2019 total budget of $1.1 billion, which includes a general fund of $477 million.
The current organizational structure was established in 2000 with the adoption by the voters of a Johnson County Home Rule Charter. Under the Home Rule Charter, Johnson County is governed by a seven-member, nonpartisan Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). The Chairman of the Board is elected on a countywide basis and serves as a full-time County official. District commissioners are elected by residents in specific geographical areas, or districts of the County, and serve as part-time County officials. The Chairman and the district commissioners serve four-year terms with no term limitations. In addition to the Board of County Commissioners, residents of Johnson County elect the District Attorney and the Sheriff. These positions are elected at large and serve four-year terms with no term limitations.
Johnson County government was designated by the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) as a Council-Manager form of government, and that form was retained through the Home Rule Charter. As a result, the Board appoints a professional County Manager to administer a variety of County functions. The County Manager is responsible for policy implementation, budget development and implementation, and the appointment and direction of certain department directors. In addition to the County Manager, the Board also appoints the County’s Chief Legal Counsel, the Internal Auditor, and, pursuant to Kansas State law, this position, the County Appraiser.
The County Appraiser is hired by the Board of County Commissioners and reports to the County Manager with dotted line reporting to the BoCC. The County Appraiser is responsible for overseeing a $7.8 million budget and 87 full-time employees. Primary responsibilities of the County Appraiser include identifying, listing and valuing all taxable and exempt commercial and residential real estate and personal property in Johnson County, in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and Kansas Statues. The Appraiser must efficiently and effectively service the needs of Johnson County property owners, along with providing internal support to other departments and divisions, and the Appraiser must establish and maintain work relationships with the Kansas Property Valuation Division and assure compliance with all directives from the State.
As outlined in the State of Kansas Statute 19-430, the County Appraiser is to be appointed on July 1st by the Board of County Commissioners to serve a term of four years, expiring June 30th. The current County Appraiser is retiring after serving Johnson County for more than 27 years. He is retiring during his term which expires on June 30, 2021. The selected candidate will serve the remainder of the unexpired term and must be subsequently reappointed for an additional four-year term(s).
Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field; fifteen (15) years of progressively more responsible mass appraisal management experience, preferably in the public sector; KS General Certified Appraiser, Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) or Kansas Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA) designation; and five (5) years of demonstrated administrative and supervisory experience. Must be qualified by the State of Kansas, Director of Property Valuation as an eligible Kansas appraiser. A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field; and two (2) years of experience in administration of comprehensive mass appraisal services and programs, i.e., a county appraiser is preferred; may have an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The starting salary is dependent upon qualifications. Johnson County offers an attractive benefits package.
If interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at www.srnsearch.com and apply online. The position is open until filled. Questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Ms. S. Renée Narloch at email@example.com or 850.391.0000.