Boulder County assessor retires

John Scarffe, Boulder County.  Boulder County Assessor Jerry Roberts announced his retirement on November 15, 2016. After 41 years of public service to Boulder County, including nine years as the Boulder County Assessor, Roberts has announced his retirement effective January 25, 2017.

“After 36 years of public service in the Boulder County Assessor’s office, and nine years as the Assessor, I have made the decision to retire,” Roberts wrote in his resignation letter. “I have not come to this decision lightly, but personal responsibilities involving my family have made this decision necessary.

“I have been truly blessed to serve with so many highly dedicated elected officials, county directors, and most of all my staff of dedicated public servants who I have been so proud to lead,” Roberts wrote. “It also has been a humbling honor to have been appointed to the position of county assessor and then elected three times to serve in this position for the citizens of Boulder County. I am also proud of our many accomplishments.”

The Assessor’s job is to analyze all pertinent information regarding real and business personal property and to reconcile it into an accurate, fair estimate of value. The Boulder County Assessor’s Office establishes values every two years for more than 120,000 properties worth nearly $50 billion in market value, acco    rding to a Boulder County news release.

County Commissioner Cindy Domenico said: “As a former Boulder County Assessor myself, and on behalf of my colleagues on the Board of County Commissioners, I want to thank Jerry for his many years of outstanding service to Boulder County. Being County Assessor is a tireless job, and through all the years we’ve worked together, Jerry has always conducted his work and led his office in the most professional, fair, and honest manner.”

Colorado law grants power to the Board of County Commissioners to appoint his successor until an election can be held, according to the release. The Boulder County Commissioners will meet in a timely manner to determine the next steps for appointing a new Boulder County Assessor.

Roberts has been a member of the Boulder County Assessor’s Office staff since 1980.  During this time, he has been a residential appraiser, land appraiser, review appraiser, commercial department deputy, and mass appraisal deputy and chief deputy.

Roberts has lived in Boulder County for more than 39 years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, he went to work for the Adams County Assessor’s Office in 1973. Remaining as a resident in Boulder after college, he joined the Boulder County Assessor’s Office in 1980, according to the Boulder County website.