Susan Murphy, Republican candidate for Elbert County assessor

Posted 6/7/18

City or town of residence: Unincorporated Elbert County, 20 years. Profession: Elbert County employee for 11 years. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Five years in county …

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Susan Murphy, Republican candidate for Elbert County assessor

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City or town of residence: Unincorporated Elbert County, 20 years.

Profession: Elbert County employee for 11 years.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Five years in county treasurer's office, then six years in county assessor's office, now serving as deputy assessor.

Why are you seeking this office?

As your deputy assessor, I recognize my role is to serve the community. I am part of a team that is building a foundation of trust and exemplary service. The public deserves an individual in a leadership role that is dedicated to ethical values and conduct.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I have five years' experience in the treasurer's office and I understand the importance of the tax warrant and the collection of taxes. My six years as an administrative leader and a state-licensed appraiser in our department has allowed me to obtain the experience necessary so that I can lead our team by example. My experience includes: customer service, abstract of assessment, certification and recertification of values, title conveyance, state assessed, possessory interest, severed minerals, notice of values for all property types, appeals process, personal property, sales confirmation, auditor reporting, GIS mapping technology, agriculture, mill levy certification, tax warrant and website development. My energy and passion will allow me to continue to build a team atmosphere with all county departments so that we can better serve the public.

What would your two top priorities be if elected?

My priority as your assessor would be to continue working with IT technology so we can provide taxpayers a more robust website that would allow them to file the necessary documents required electronically. We will not only assist in helping the public understand their property values but also how they can appeal them. Property owners are the best source of information. They know their property better than we do and we want them to be successful at appealing their values. I am committed to the continuation of education and increasing appraisal licenses. We are currently preparing procedural manuals for most all of our processes to eliminate single points of failure. As your assessor, my vision is to continue the process that has already begun.

What else should the voters know about you?

I would really like the voters to know that I am a real genuine person that is truly a hard worker. I care about fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. With the help of my husband of 29 years, Dirk, I have conducted a respectable campaign. I am deep rooted in trust, respect, loyalty, integrity and will maintain a high level of public trust in ethical appraisal practice.

One of my favorite quotes is: “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” — John Maxwell

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