Chief Deputy Assessor

County of Sonoma

Chief Deputy Assessor
$128,128 - $155,720/Annually*
Sonoma County's Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voter's Office seeks an experienced, collaborative leader to be the next Chief Deputy Assessor.
Starting salary up to $74.61/hour ($155,720/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive, total compensation package* including:​
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About the Position

The Chief Deputy Assessor, plans, organizes, and directs a program for the continual appraisal and assessment of real and personal property in the County of Sonoma and represents the Division before official bodies, community groups, and other stakeholder groups. While supervising three managers, the Chief Deputy is responsible for a staff of 66 in the units of ownership, customer service, real property appraisal, business property auditing, and mapping. This position performs the most complex appraisals, recommends policies and process improvements, and plans long-term programs.

The Chief Deputy Assessor controls and directs budget preparation, personnel matters, and the management and technical functions of the Division. This position stays abreast of proposed state and federal legislation, anticipates policy trends, and identifies strategies and develops plans to integrate new laws and regulations into existing procedures. Policy direction is provided by the elected Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, with significant discretion left to the Chief Deputy Assessor to interpret and apply that direction to the Assessor Division.

The ideal candidate for Deputy Chief Assessor will be a collaborative and creative leader who brings a proven record of successful leadership, and possesses:
  • An Advanced Appraiser certification issued by the California State Board of Equalization
  • Significant experience and knowledge of the Assessor's Office responsibilities, including real property appraisal, business property and audits, ownership valuation, mapping, value entry, exemptions, and customer service
  • Significant experience with complex appraisals and appeals
  • A commitment to excellent customer service
  • Experience with short- and long-term strategic planning
  • The ability to be adaptable and open to ongoing process improvement

Please note: The Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for the certification of state and county assessors' personnel performing appraisals for property tax purposes. Statutes require the BOE to certify Appraisers before they perform these duties. The certifications include an initial evaluation of the candidate's education and experience, and the successful completion of a qualifying examination. To meet the qualifications for this recruitment, candidates must fulfill the current BOE requirements. Please visit the BOE's website for the certification requirements:
*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331. EOE Apply by 1/9/20