Mack doesn’t need an appraiser’s license |

Mack doesn’t need an appraiser’s license

Scott N. Miller
Joyce Mack

EAGLE – Joyce Mack doesn’t have a real estate appraiser’s license. She doesn’t need one.Calls and letters to the Vail Daily have been critical of Mack, alleging the Eagle County Assessor, doesn’t have a real estate appraiser’s license. That’s true.Mack, who was elected to the assessor’s job in 2002, promised to get an appraiser’s license if elected. She said she’s taken the needed classes, but hasn’t yet passed the test.”I’ve taken the test, and I’ll take it again,” Mack said.While Mack pledged to get a license, though, she doesn’t need one to hold her job.According to state law, only a few elected county officials need special licenses to hold their jobs.”About the only requirement is that they need to be qualified electors in their counties,” Eagle County Attorney Bryan Treu said.Mack isn’t the first county assessor to be criticized for her work.In the late 1990s, former assessor Allen Black took extra work in other counties as a hearing officer to hear appeals from property owners. That extra work kept him out of the office for a significant part of a summer. In that case, state law doesn’t require those who hold county elected offices to spend a specific amount of time at work.Black lost the assessor’s job to Jody Caruthers in the 1998 Republican primary.Four years later, Mack defeated Caruthers in the Republican primary by 13 votes.Mack faces a primary challenge this year from Edward Smith, who works in the assessor’s office. Unlike the past few elections, though, whoever wins the primary election will have an opponent in November.Mark Chapin, a Democrat from Eagle, also wants the assessor’s job. And, he said, it’s important for the person who leads that office to have a thorough understanding of how real estate appraisal works.”It affects your credibility if you have to defer to your staff on technical questions,” Chapin said.But, Mack said, she understands her job, and is a member of the Colorado Assessor’s Association. She is also the state’s representative to the International Association of Assessing Officers. She also said she’s taken more than 200 hours of classes and training since she was elected to the assessor’s job.”I’ve been able to do this job for almost the last four years,” she said.Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or Daily, Vail Colorado

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