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Position: Chief Appraiser
Municipality:Town of Wallingford
Close Date:5/2/2022

Open Competitive Examination

Human Resources Department

Wallingford Town Hall

Room 301

45 South Main Street

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

Telephone: (203) 294-2080

 Fax:           (203) 294-2084


$79,014 - $101,097 (If Hired After 8/30/2002)

$83,172 - $101,097 (If Hired Before 8/30/2022)



General Statement of Duties:  This is responsible technical and administrative work involving the assessment of real and personal property for ad valorem tax purposes. Work involves responsibility for assisting in a continual program of appraisal and assessment of real and personal property in preparation of the Grand List.  Duties include field inspections of property, maintenance of assessment lists and the assumption of the Assessor’s duties in the absence of the Assessor.  This position also has the responsibility for making difficult property assessment technical decisions.  The work requires that the employee have considerable knowledge, skill and ability in all property assessment work.


Examples of Duties:  Conducts field inspections of property sites including new construction, renovations, additions and demolitions for the purpose of collecting specific data in order to estimate market value.  Measures structures or modifications to existing structures, reviews building plans and permit information, compiles and updates property record cards, maintains appraisal files, related records, and maps.  Utilizes various assessment methods and procedures to determine market value such as sales comparison, income capitalization and cost analysis and decides which approach is most appropriate for the determination of market value.  Evaluates commercial and industrial income and expense report forms or leases and studies economic market data to determine market value.  Assists in a continual program of appraisal and assessment of real and personal property in preparation for the Grand List and with periodic revaluation programs.  Assists in the preparation of statistical, analytical, tabular, and narrative reports to the Office of Policy and Management, Law Department, and other Town Agencies.  Assists in the formulation and implementation of division policies and procedures.  Makes preliminary decisions on informal appeals to the Assessing Division.  Attends Board of Assessment Appeals hearings and assists in explaining the various methods of valuation used to the public.  Appraises industrial and commercial personal property using a combination of onsite inspections and office communications; examines commercial and industrial taxpayer declaration forms and tax returns to determine net depreciated values.  Assists the external personal property auditor with the personal property audit program.  Computes motor vehicle assessments from information submitted by the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and obtains motor vehicle values by utilizing published trade journals and pricing guides and through evaluation of economic market data. Responds to taxpayers’ inquiries regarding assessments and programs available to them and advises taxpayers of their rights. Compiles assessment data and prepares a variety of reports.  Assists with input to the computer as needed and assists in the maintenance and review of the Cadastral Mapping System (Tax Parcel Maps).  Assigns and oversees work of department staff.  Trains department employees as required.  Acts for the Assessor in the Assessor’s absence.  Performs related work as required.


Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision of the Assessor.





Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Considerable knowledge of modern principles, practices, and methods of estimating property values for assessment purposes.  Considerable knowledge and experience with regards to appraisal processes, generally accepted assessing and appraisal practices, Connecticut Laws, local ordinances, and requirements of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Some knowledge of computerized software applications, such as computer assisted mass appraisal systems, tax billing and administrative systems, and statistical analysis software as applied to a municipal assessment operations.  Considerable ability in property appraisal and assessment.  Considerable ability in oral and written communications.  Considerable ability to complete work within deadlines.  Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, associates, subordinates, property owners and the general public.


Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university in economics, finance, real estate or a related area plus four (4) years of progressively responsible assessment or appraisal experience, or an equivalent combination of education and qualifying experience substituting on a year-for-year basis.


Special Requirements:  Must possess and maintain a valid State of Connecticut motor vehicle operator’s license.  Most possess and maintain or be able to obtain a certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor II designation within a reasonable period of time.


Fringe Benefits:  Excellent Health Insurance Packages, Group Life Insurance, Pension Plan, Paid Holidays, Paid Vacations, Paid Sick Leave.


Application Forms: May be obtained at the Human Resources Department, Town of Wallingford, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford, CT  06492.  Forms will be mailed upon request from the Human Resources Department or may be downloaded from the Department of Human Resources Web Page.


Examination:  Written – 100%  or  Oral – 100%   or  Background Evaluation – 100%  or  Written- 50%/Oral – 50%  or  Written 50%/Background Evaluation – 50%  or  Oral – 50%/Background Evaluation – 50%


Closing Date:  The closing date will be on May 2. 2022.












We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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