I would like to announce to the citizens of Natchitoches that I will not be running for re-election. After the completion of my term in 2024, I will have worked as a public servant in the Assessor’s Office for 36 years. I would like to thank Assessor Rick Hargis for hiring me, Assessor Dollie Mahoney for making me her Chief Deputy and the Citizens of Natchitoches for having the confidence in me to be their Assessor.
I also thank my staff for making the office run smoothly. All my staff are certified in exception of one employee, and she is well on her way to obtaining that goal. Certification requires taking and passing five International Association of Assessing Officers courses. Those mandated requirement are Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal which is the Cost Approach and the Market Approach, the Income Approach to Valuation and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices. To reach this level of education is quite an accomplishment.
I want to thank my Chief Deputy, Yolanda C. Reed for being second in command, working personal property and running the office whenever I am absent. Also, my other deputies, Kim LaCaze for daily working the transfer of property, Jimmy Farmer for constantly fine tuning and updating the maps, Lacrecia Johnson for working the public service property and helping with the personal property, Michelle Blade for working Change Orders and Gerald Besant II, for the field work.
“I would like to start by saying that it has been an honor and Thank You for allowing me the opportunity to be your Chief Deputy Assessor, you truly don’t know what it has meant to know that you believed in me enough to put me in this position,” said Reed. “You are one of the biggest favors God has given me. Thank you for your guidance and support. I pray that I have served you well and I want you to know that you will be greatly missed. You’ve shared so much knowledge that you’ve accumulated over the years and I can’t tell you how much it sincerely means to me. I truly appreciate how you support your staff and encourage us daily. You’ve never hesitated to compliment all of us as being the ones that really keep the office running. You are a person of integrity and vision. Your lifestyle is worth emulating. Thank you for living an honorable life. You have been a true inspiration and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you and for you. You are truly a man of God and an amazing Boss. God Bless you and all the support you’ve given me! Best wishes as you embark on the next chapter of your life and may you find the time to enjoy all the things you love in retirement.”
Rick hired me in 1989 to create digital maps; however, I needed to gain computer experience. So, I studied the computer-aided design and drafting program manual along with weekly advice and instruction from George Minturn. I am now proud to say the maps and the tax roll are on the internet for free at http://www.natchitochesassessor.org.
After Dollie made me her Chief Deputy, I worked the daily transfers and public service property, which helped me gain an overall knowledge of the office. I would also be remiss if I did not mention former coworkers Richard Wester and Shirley Delphin, who shared their knowledge with me. But the best part has been making friends with coworkers, other courthouse coworkers and the general public.
I have genuinely tried to listen to the public and serve them fairly in every way possible, but I also draw the line when going beyond my authority. I have written on my calendar – Luke 6:31 which says: And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
In my retirement, I wish to be available to help my 84-year-old mother with her doctor appointments, assist when needed with my granddaughter and work more for the church.
The Lord truly had a plan for me that I could have never envisioned, and what a blessing it has been. Again, thank you for allowing me to serve you.
Timothy K. Page, Natchitoches Parish Assessor