- Job Function: Other Department Head/Director
- Position Type: Full Time
- Population: 508,000
- Where: Wichita, Kansas
- Form of Government: County council-administrator/mgr
SEDGWICK COUNTY (Wichita), KANSAS
Sedgwick County, Kansas is seated in Wichita and covers 1,008 square miles. It is one of the most populous of Kansas’ 105 counties with an estimated population of 508,000. It is the sixteenth largest in area and reportedly has the second highest per capita wealth among Kansas' counties.
Sedgwick County residents enjoy a central location, a diverse population, a strong local economy and four distinct seasons. Quality of life amenities, including education, are excellent and the cost of living is well below the national average.
Sedgwick County utilizes a Commission/Manager form of government under which the County Manager's Office implements the priorities and goals of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC is the County’s governing body. It is comprised of five-members and meets in regular weekly sessions. Commissioners are elected according to geographical area (districts) and serve four-year overlapping terms. The Chairman of the Board is elected by the Commissioners and serves a one-year term. In addition to the BOCC, citizens of Sedgwick County elect the County Clerk, the Register of Deeds, the County Treasurer, the Sheriff, the District Attorney and the 18th Judicial District Judges.
The BOCC appoints a professional County Manager to administer many County functions and to implement policy decisions. The BOCC also appoints the County Counselor, County Appraiser, Fire Chief and the County Engineer for the Department of Public Works.
Sedgwick County employs nearly 2,800 persons and functions on a current budget of $439,530,627. The County provides a full range of services including public safety, public works, criminal justice, recreation, entertainment, cultural, human/social, and education.
The County Appraiser’s Office is required by law to annually appraise all tangible, taxable and exempt property by January 1. In 2019 In Sedgwick County there are 222,653 residential, agricultural, multi-family, commercial and industrial parcels as well as 35,741 personal property accounts. In addition, the Office applies classification rates and determines tax exemption eligibility of religious, charitable, educational and municipal properties. The County Appraiser leads, manages, plans, organizes, administers and directs the activities and operations of the Sedgwick County Appraiser's Office in compliance with County policies and applicable Kansas law. In conformance with the Kansas State Property Valuation Division, the County Appraiser Office serves and assists the property assessment needs of the citizens and the community. The County Appraiser is responsible to deliver quality public service through use of effective leadership, strategic planning, performance measurement, teamwork, maximizing resources, innovative approaches and high professional standards. The County Appraiser’s Office currently employs sixty-five (65) FTE’s and has an FY 2019 budget of $4,843,692.
The County Appraiser advises the County Commissioners and County Manager on matters pertaining to property appraisals and attends meetings of the BOCC, responds to inquiries made by the Commissioners and other County officials and makes presentations on a regular basis. He or she also presents testimony to state legislators and assists the County’s Division of Finance with long-term valuation forecasting. For more information about Sedgwick County and the County Appraisers Office visit www.sedgwickcounty.org
Required qualifications are a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, Regional/Urban Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university; certification as a general real property appraiser pursuant to Article 41 of Chapter 58 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated and amendments; possession of a valid residential evaluation specialist (RES) or certified assessment evaluation (CAE) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO); OR be a registered mass appraiser (RMA) pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by the Secretary of Revenue. Must have a minimum of three (3) years Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) experience.
Preferred qualifications are a Master's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, Regional/Urban Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university combined with additional CAMA assessment administration or other local government education and training plus ten (10) years of experience in assessing properties which includes five (5) years in a managerial/supervisory capacity. IAAO designation, CAE preferred.
The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and benefits that will ultimately depend upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. The beginning salary will be commensurate with experience. The County offers excellent benefits which include: State retirement, a generous paid time-off program, medical/prescription insurance (95% County paid), dental, vision, Life & AD&D insurance, a Flexible Healthcare Spending Account, a Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account, AFLAC and other benefits.
The County is anxious to fill this position. It will remain open until filled. The first review of resumes is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2019. For consideration, please email your cover letter, resume and current salary to:
Robert E. Slavin, President
SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
Sedgwick County is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer