Candidate statement from Leslie Morgan, Shasta County Assessor-Recorder
It’s critical that the Assessor-Recorder’s office is managed by someone who is educated, experienced, and committed to ensure professionalism and integrity. I’m your best choice for Shasta County Assessor-Recorder. I’m the only candidate with experience within the office, education specific to the laws which govern the office, and who can give the citizens a long-term commitment.
I have a Bachelor of Science from Chico State majoring in Business Administration, Accounting; and over 400 certified State Board training hours within my Advanced Appraiser Certificate. This education provides a foundation for better budget practices and staff management; and is balanced by my understanding the impact of those decisions on the requirements of the departments.
My 14 years experience began as an Auditor Appraiser in 1995. In 2006, I was elected Assessor-Recorder. I’ve applied my experience to the examination of training procedures, internal workflow practices, mapping procedures, production analysis, and customer service policies. My expertise is relied upon to make the policy calls required that will advocate for the citizens while adhering to the laws, rules, and regulations.
Professionalism and integrity are essential. I believe the office should act as a taxpayer advocate when looking for ways to ensure accuracy in assessments and recordings. I’ve led a reduced staff in a proactive approach to value reductions, resulting in over $16.5 million in tax dollar savings for Shasta County citizens.
I personally designed and programmed the data extracts and reports used to provide the most comprehensive approach to value reviews. I utilize both technology and appraiser opinion of value to ensure the assessments enrolled are the lowest values evidenced within the market and allowed by law. When performing over 50,000 sales reviews during a 10 week period, it’s critical that I have a well defined process.
I review our process with other counties to compare date ranges, overall trends, and the lag from larger counties into Shasta County. These past three years are only the beginning for property reviews. Many taxpayers in Shasta County will qualify for value reductions for years to come. I will be here to ensure the accuracy of your assessments now and in the future.
It’s my commitment that I will take the duties of the Assessor-Recorder seriously and the responsibility personally. I will not pass the decision making down in such a way that I’m no longer running the department. When you elect me to be the Assessor-Recorder I will be the person performing those duties. I will represent Shasta County in state organizations such as the County Recorder’s Association of California, and the California Assessor’s Association, by applying my expertise at a state level and bringing back the information to the department.
To be a leader in these departments requires experience, education, and commitment. Thank you for electing me as your Assessor-Recorder. I look forward to continuing to serve you. www.reelectlesliemorgan.com; (530) 605-1550
A partial list of over 350 endorsements include:
Hon. James T. Hull – Prior Assessor; Hon. Marjorie A. Kivley – Prior Recorder; Hon. Douglas W. Wacker – Lake County Assessor-Recorder; Hon. Mike Mallory – Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder; Hon. Jerry ‘Abe’ Hatheway; Hon. Charles H. Moss; Hon. Jacque C. Williams; Hon. Carol M. Whitmer EdD; Hon. Gracious A. Palmer; Hon. Dan Gover; Hon. Dick Dickerson; Sheriff Tom Bosenko; Hon. Roy. ‘Pete’ Peters; Appt. Paul Walther; Hon. Glenn E. Hawes; and Hon. K. Maurice Johannessen; Robert H. Shaw, MAI; George Serna, CPA; Linda Batten; Ken D. Brown; Denise Butcher; Ted Carr; Manny Chavaz; Bill Fratus; Brad Garbutt; Dan Gilliland; Sandra Hess; Lynn Leistinger; Jerry Malley; Frederika Martin; Wayne Martin; Bob Mitchell; Charles J. Murrell; William J. Quinn; Emilie Reedy; Esther Auerbach; Scott Swendimen; David VanGerpen; Marie Whitacre; Dawn Wichael; Bill Wright; Jeff & Tom Aboud; Bob & Betty Axner; Bradd & Peggy McDannold; Rich & Maxine Morgan; Jim & Sharlet Seale; Dr. Don Rhodes, OD; Dr. Editha C. Orlino-Oliva, MD; Dr. Darrin D Oilar DC; George & Christine McArthur; John & Shirley McArthur.
United Public Employees of California Local 792; California School Employees Association Chapter 642; Five Counties Central Labor Council; Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3; Teamsters Local 137; Redding Rancheria; and Shasta County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
Candidate Bio: Leslie Morgan
Occupation: Shasta County Assessor-Recorder
I was born and raised in Shasta County. My father Darrell Baker graduated from Enterprise High School, and my mother Dolores (Martinez) Baker from Anderson High School. I have two brothers and numerous relatives here in Shasta County. I grew up in Bella Vista and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1988.
My husband, John Morgan, is a Certified Fitter in Orthotics. John was raised in Happy Valley, where we currently reside. John and I have an eleven-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son.