Q&A with Susan Murphy, incoming county assessor

Longtime resident ran as Republican in unopposed bid for office

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 11/14/18

Tell us about yourself. My name is Susan Murphy and I have resided in rural Elbert County with my family for 21 years. I have been serving the county as deputy assessor for the last six years and …

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Q&A with Susan Murphy, incoming county assessor

Longtime resident ran as Republican in unopposed bid for office

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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Susan Murphy and I have resided in rural Elbert County with my family for 21 years. I have been serving the county as deputy assessor for the last six years and worked in the county treasurer's office prior to that for five years. My combined 11 years of experience in county government has provided me with the knowledge, education and understanding to manage the assessor's office in a competent and professional manner. My strong feelings of commitment motivated me to obtain my appraisal license during a busy 2018 campaign season in preparation for my duties as assessor. The office of the assessor has many processes and deadlines that must be completed during the calendar year which are specified in Colorado law. As your assessor I will be very active and hands-on in managing every aspect of the office. I am committed to Elbert County citizens and taxpayers and my office will be committed to providing superior, professional service.

What will change, if anything, when you take office?

As the deputy I have assisted the current assessor in managing the office with the goal of building a professional foundation focused on serving the public. My office will continue to explore innovative ideas to effectively and efficiently meet Colorado assessment standards. I firmly believe that the Elbert County Assessor's Office has to continue to train and grow our current staff to ensure that we will have continuity and succession planning, which will eliminate the need for outside consulting costs in the future. An area where I will focus my efforts will be on professional training for my staff in current assessment standards. My staff will maintain a high level of public trust and improve our efforts to reach out and explain and educate the public on assessment processes and procedures.

What are the most important traits or skills for an assessor to possess?

I feel the most important traits for any assessor are honesty, integrity, respect and an open-door policy that encourages the public to feel comfortable in approaching my office with any questions, thoughts or concerns. My staff and I are here to serve you the public, citizens, and taxpayers. You will feel welcome in the office at any time.

You've said a top priority would be “provide taxpayers a more robust website that would allow them to file the necessary documents required electronically. How will you approach this?

I will be working with county information technology and administration on the goal of allowing appeals to be completed online through the website to make this process easier and more convenient for property owners. I will also be working on creating and maintaining an informational area on the assessor website that will provide updated information that relates to the county real estate market.

What is the best way for property owners to reach you?

I realize that understanding the assessment process can be difficult. I am always interested in having a conversation with anyone that has questions regarding our processes. Please contact me if I can answer any questions you may have regarding your property, property valuation, or any other assessment concerns.

Website at www.elbertcounty-co.gov/assessor.php

Assessor's office, 303-621-3101, or you can email assessor@elbertcounty-co.gov.

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