Just a week after Pettis County Assessor Karissa Logan announced she will not be seeking re-election, a familiar candidate has come forward for the 2016 election.
Deputy Assessor Christopher Woolery has announced he is running for the vacant assessor’s seat, citing his experience in the assessor’s office since 2011.
“I have been in the office for about five years, and I’ve been the deputy assessor for about a year and a half,” he said Tuesday. “When I found out Karissa wasn’t going to run, it’s something I want to do both for the office and for myself, advancing in the position I’m already in.”
According to a news release provided by Woolery, he is a University of Central Missouri business graduate who obtained a BSBA degree. During his time in the assessor’s office, he has worked under two assessors and served in numerous responsibilities as well as earned a Master’s degree from UCM.
He was named the deputy assessor in 2014 and is responsible for balancing and reporting the assessment roll to the State Tax Commission. Woolery said he believes his knowledge of the assessor’s office will assist him in being a qualified candidate for the job.
“Even before I was appointed (as deputy assessor), I carried large, significant roles,” he said. “I handle a lot of paperwork that goes to the state, balancing our assessments in real estate and personal property, certifying values to the state and other offices. I do railroad and utility assessment, which is handled differently than other assessments.
“… I’ve been pretty much in charge of the efile system we’ve implemented in the past year, we’re in the second year of that,” he continued. “Also the (downtown) TIF district that has been in effect since 2008, I’ve spent a lot of time working on making sure those assessments are correct. There’s a lot of different topics the assessor will have to deal with that I’ve already been heavily involved in.”
While Woolery is involved in local organizations, holding a public office will be new for him.
“The election process is new for me,” he said. “There’s a lot of legwork, fundraising and people meeting I’ll be doing, something I haven’t been involved in much, but I’ve been in organizations before. I’m looking forward to the new experience.”
Filing has not yet started for the Pettis County 2016 primary election, which will be hosted Aug. 2. The general election will take place Nov. 8.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.