Chief Appraiser

Recruitment #19-107290-01


Committed to ensuring properties are valued fairly and documents are processed timely.

The Assessor is responsible for identifying property and its ownership, and placing value on all taxable property within the County. This information is compiled into the Annual Assessment Roll and is reported to the State, the County's Administrator's Office, Treasurer-Tax Collector/Clerk, Auditor-Controller, other public agencies, and to the public.     

The Recorder acts as perpetual guardian of land, birth, death and marriage records dating back to 1848. All functions of the Recorder's office are conducted under provisions of the State Constitution, State Codes and County Codes. Primary functional areas include the Official Records Unit, Document and Vital Records Indexing, Imaging, Vital Records and the Documentary Transfer Tax Program.  

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The Position

The Chief Appraiser is responsible for assisting the Assessor/Recorder and Assistant Assessor/Recorder by directing the day-to-day activities of the technical and professional staff of the Valuation Division in the application of the law, rules, regulations and appraisal principles in the determination of taxable values of all taxable property in Solano County.


EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Progressively responsible experience in appraisal or audit-appraisal duties in a California Assessor's Office which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and abilities.Typical qualifying experience would be: 

A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or closely related field, AND five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a California Assessor's Office. At  least three (3) years at the senior and/or supervising level responsible for a major assessment function such as assessment appeals coordination, auditing and valuing complex personal property accounts, or appraising select classes of commercial properties, Mills Act properties, possessory interests, taxable government properties or Williamson Act properties; AND
CERTIFICATION: Possession of a valid Advanced Appraiser's Certificate according to the provisions of the Revenue and Taxation Code Section 670 is required; AND
LICENSE: Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver's license may be required. 

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  • Solano County offers a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits, offered through CalPERS. The County contribution for family coverage for the 2019 calendar year is $1,498.09 per month. The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only or who waive medical insurance coverage. The County may offer a supplemental contribution for employees enrolled in Employee plus Two or More coverage.
  • Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid  100% by the County.   
  • Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement and contributes to Social Security.
  • The County observes 12 fixed, paid holidays per year. 
  • Vacation is accrued at approximately 15 days per year for the first ten years. Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year. Effective July 1 of each year, 80 hours of administrative leave is granted.
  • Employees are eligible to receive an additional 2.5% longevity pay, per level, after the completion of continuous service at 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years. Employees may receive credit for prior years of service employed with California cities, counties, joint power authorities, and other special districts as approved by the Director of Human Resources and the County Administrator.

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    Solano County is committed to “Invest In and For the Future” by providing training resources to encourage employee professional development and growth within our organization. While employed with Solano County, employees have the opportunity to pursue their career goals, interests, and develop the competencies on the Solano County Leadership Development Model by participating in the following programs:

    • Tuition Reimbursement Program

    • Annual Education Fair

    • County Mentoring Program

    • Leadership Academy

    • Supervisory Trainings

    • Skill Development Trainings

    • Self-paced learning opportunities

    Selection Process

    10/21/19 - Deadline to submit application and required documents.

    11/4/19 - Tentative week for oral board interviews.

    Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants may be invited for further examination and will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources or be invited to self-schedule. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a supplemental questionnaire assessment, a written and/or practical exam, an oral board exam, or any combination listed. Responses to supplemental questions may be used as screening and testing mechanisms and will be used to assess an applicant’s ability to advance in the process; as such, responses to supplemental questions should be treated as test examination responses. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

    All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted. These provisions are subject to change.

    RETIREES - Solano County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.

    How to Apply

    Please visit the County of Solano website,, to apply. Applications must be submitted through the JobAps system. Paper copies of applications are not accepted. All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (degree/transcripts, certificates, DD-214 if applicable, ADA Accommodation Request) must be submitted with the Document Cover Sheet, available on the employment website: or at the Department of Human Resources’ office,  and are due by the final filing date.

    Previously submitted application materials (i.e. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.

    Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170 or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield 94533. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EOE/AA.

    Please note that all dates/times listed in the job announcement are Pacific Time.

    Document Submittal Requirements

    A Bachelor’s Degree and a valid Advanced Appraiser's Certificate are required for this position. All candidates must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the date and degree conferred) by the final filing deadline. Candidates who fail to submit their diploma or transcripts by the final filing date will be disqualified from the recruitment.

    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Candidates who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service. The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the close of the recruitment. Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained.

    How to Submit Your Documents

    In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents in-person or by mail at Solano County Department of Human Resources 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800, Fairfield CA  94533, by fax to (707) 784-3424, or by email to  When submitting documents in-person, by mail or by fax, include the recruitment title (Chief Appraiser) and the recruitment number (19-107290-01). If submitting documents by email include the recruitment title and recruitment number in the subject field.

    Supplemental Information

    Independent travel may be required.
    Incumbents are required to file an annual Conflict of Interest Statement in accordance with the provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974.
    Incumbents are exempt from civil service, at-will and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

    Americans With Disabilities Act

    It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

    APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need an accommodation during any phase of the recruitment/testing/examination process (as detailed in the “Selection Process”), must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form:

    This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment.  Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.

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    Solano County is the ideal place to live, learn, work and play…  The America's Promise Alliance has named Solano County as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for six straight yearsthe only California community with that distinction.

    ·         Live – Solano County as well as cities within the County have ranked in the top 15 hottest markets across the country and within the Bay Area due to prime location and affordability.

    ·         Learn Higher education abounds! Within the County, education choices include: Solano Community College, CSU Maritime Academy, Brandman University, and Touro University. Bordering our County is the renowned University of California Davis.

    ·         Work The blend of agriculture, corporate business and pleasant lifestyle enhance the attraction of Solano County. Blessed with a thriving agricultural economy, the county is also home to biotechnology and other growth industries.

    ·         Play - Situated midway between San Francisco and Sacramento—the State capitol, Solano County is home to rolling hillsides, waterfronts and fertile farmland. County residents can enjoy day trips to the San Francisco Bay area, Lake Tahoe region and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

    County Population (2018): 439,793

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