Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Mike Kerrigan is the first to make his candidacy official in the wake of the announcement that Routt County Assessor Amy Williams will not seek a fourth term.
Kerrigan is the chief appraiser in the Routt County Assessor's Office. He intends to run as a Democrat. Williams is a Republican. No other candidates have filed candidate affidavits for the job.
"I believe that the responsibility of the assessor is of a professional nature, dictated by statutes, appraisal standards and a commitment toward fair and equitable property valuations," Kerrigan said. "It is not a political or partisan position to advocate a particular platform or agenda."
After telling Routt County Republicans that she would not seek another term, Williams said, she told them Kerrigan is well-qualified for the job. She said she agrees with Kerrigan that qualifications are more important than party affiliation in the Assessor's Office.
"If a Republican with good qualifications decides to run, that would be good for the voters," Williams said.
She will remain in her position until Jan. 1, 2007. Williams will have served 14 years as assessor (her first two years filled out two years remaining on the term of Jim Leary, who resigned), and 18 1/2 years in the assessor's office.
Williams said she intends to continue using her appraisal skills in the private sector.
Kerrigan graduated from Lake County High School in Leadville. After graduating from Boston College, he spent a decade in Alaska, where he was self-employed in the commercial fishing industry. More recently, he worked in the Lake County Assessor's Office for seven years. His roles included staff appraiser, chief appraiser and deputy assessor.
Kerrigan is a Nordic ski coach with the Steamboat Springs Win--ter Sports Club.
Williams said she thinks the office's biggest accomplishment during her tenure was putting all records on the county Web site.
"That's created the largest public benefit," Williams said. "(Routt County Clerk Kay Wein--land) was ahead of almost every other county in the state. The ability to view documents and download them to your computer has created long-lasting benefit."
Business professionals including real estate agents, title companies and bankers rely heavily on the free service, she said.