City or town of residence: Castle Rock
Profession: Incumbent county assessor
Campaign website: FrizellforAssessor.com
Why are you seeking this office?
Having grown up in Douglas County, it has been an amazing experience to see a quiet agrarian area evolve into the vibrant and diverse set of communities we now live in. I have always had a servant's heart, and while I have worked in the assessor's office for two decades now, it has been the honor of my life to serve the citizens of Douglas County as their assessor for the last four years.
What makes you the best choice for assessor?
After serving in the office for over 20 years, including four years as assessor, I am very well acquainted with all facets of the office. I've led the Douglas County Assessor's Office with exceptional fiscal responsibility, and since elected have returned over $950,000 to the county general fund. As a champion of Douglas County's Open Data Initiative, I've forged partnerships with other county departments, municipalities and other local entities, making government transparent for all citizens.
What are the most important traits or skills for an assessor to possess?
The position of assessor transcends politics because in addition to our citizens, I support approximately 300 taxing entities that provide services to Douglas County communities. This requires impartiality, experience, leadership, integrity, and listening skills. I am licensed by the State of Colorado as a Certified Residential Appraiser, and in addition to my aforementioned experience in the office, my in-depth knowledge of appraisal principles and practices brings a unique skillset to my elected position.
What must an effective assessor accomplish?
Each assessor in Colorado manages the discovery, listing, classification and valuation of all property within their county. This is not a policy-making position, and these duties must be completed in a fair and equitable manner, without bias. It is critical that your assessor not only understand the appraisal process and guiding laws, but the other essential functions of the office such as property conveyance, parcel boundary mapping, statutory reporting and data science.
What will your top priority be if elected?
I understand that there is not typically a customer service department in government — rather it's the job of every employee at every level to serve in that role. I've elevated customer service by providing an award-winning website that serves everyone who uses our information and includes online chat functionality. My goal is to continue to improve citizen experience, because we need to meet our customers where they are, in the manner they want to interact.
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