Carter named new county appraiser

County commissioners voted Monday to offer to Dianna Carter of Hillsboro the county appraiser position.

Commissioner Bob Hein reported later that Carter had accepted the offer, and the motion to formally accept her will be made soon.

Hein said Carter will start July 1.

Carter and her daughter, LeShell Bell, 17, moved to Hillsboro from McPherson in August 1997.

She had worked in the McPherson County Appraiser’s Office for 11 years before accepting the position as deputy appraiser for Marion County.

In October 1999, became district appraiser for the State of Kansas and currently holds that position.

When Carter learned of the opening in Marion County, she began to consider her qualifications.

“I felt that I had the right qualifications-I lived in the county, liked the county and knew the area of the county from my previous three and a half years’ experience as deputy appraiser. I got to see a lot of the county during that time,” Carter said.

“I felt I was the best person for the job, and if I had something I could bring to the county, then I wanted to be able to offer it. I want to do what is best for Marion County.”

In her present position, Carter said her main job has been to oversee appraisers offices across the state to make sure everything is conducted according to state statutes, and to help the offices with statistical work.

“I didn’t get to see a lot of people, and I missed that,” she said. “But I feel the experience with statistics and working with the other offices has given me experience that will be beneficial in this position.”

One of the first things Carter wants to do in July is conduct a thorough assessment of the office staff.

“I already knew and had worked with them before,” she said. “But there have been changes in the last year and a half. I want to know where they are at, and what they are doing.

“Another important thing-I want people to know I have an open-door policy,” she said. “When I was here before, the people of the county were very supportive and would come in just to talk or ask a question. People are welcome to the office anytime, they don’t have to have to have a special reason or business to come in.”

She said educating the people is a big part of her new position.

“Education is so important,” she said. “I want to educate the public and explain the taxation and valuation process. If people understand the way valuations are figured, it helps them understand and deal with it all a lot better.”

Carter said she appreciated the support of the county people that was shown to her as deputy appraiser, and hopes to “pick up where we were and continue on in the same way.”

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