City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that selection of Christopher A. Huff as Portland’s new City Tax Assessor. The position became available following the retirement of Rick Blackburn, who served the City for 37 years. The Council will vote on Mr. Huff’s selection during its meeting tonight at 5:30 PM.
“I’m excited to welcome Chris on board,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “His experience and work ethic made him our top choice to fulfill this role and we look forward to welcoming him to the team if approved by the City Council.”
Mr. Huff comes to Portland from Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, where he served most recently as its Chief Assessor. He was responsible for overseeing the valuation of all real property and preparation of the tax rolls for more than 300,000 parcels with an assessed valuation of more than $60 billion for 64 municipalities and 23 school districts within Montgomery County. A 17-year employee of the County, he also served as a Residential and Commercial Assessor.
Portland’s Tax Assessor serves as the administrative head of the Assessor’s Office. This position requires considerable executive ability and an authoritative knowledge in the field of municipal assessing, which includes appraising and assessing real and personal property for taxation. As a member of the City’s executive leadership team, this position reports directly to the City Manager. Essential duties include directing and advising staff, planning and administering the assessment/appraisal system for the City in maintaining current property valuation through various methods, including visitation and data collection; selecting and applying any combination of complex appraisal techniques applicable and necessary to the accurate and defensible determination of property values; planning, organizing and directing the work of all employees of the Office; assigning work to employees and delegating continuing responsibilities to appraisers for evaluating properties; auditing complex and multifaceted financial records; determining the assessment of taxes on properties in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations governing the assessment process; executing official documents as Assessor of Taxes; determining assessment policy, and making final determination of tax exemptions.
If approved by the Council, Mr. Huff will start his work on January 19.