Millard County Assessor Pat Manis was recently recognized by his peers as the 2017 County Assessor of the Year.
“A little over seven years ago, I was appointed as the Millard County Assessor. I had a general knowledge of what the duties of the office entailed. I wasn’t in the real estate business nor did I possess an appraisal license at that time. Learning the duties of the office and becoming a licensed appraiser would have been impossible without the patient, dedicated, hardworking staff of our office. I have also been fortunate to be trained by and work with several Millard County officials and their great staff. The former assessor Jim Talbot has donated countless hours providing me with his 31 years’ experience,” said Manis.
“The Property Tax Division of the State and the Utah Association of Counties has provided support and education that has proven to be invaluable. I reached out to several other assessors throughout the State, their response has been amazing. Some would even come to our office for hands on training.
“To be selected as Assessor of the year by my peers who have much more experience than myself is a great honor. The support I have received from my wife, children and other family members can’t be measured. While I may have been nominated as the Assessor of the year, much of the credit goes to those I have already mentioned and many more I haven’t,” he concluded.
Each year, since 1998, the Utah Assessors Association (UAA), a membership organization of Utah’s elected county assessors has chosen one member who has stood out among the membership for their work on behalf of the UAA and their own county.
“Pat has been a very conscientious county assessor over the years,” said Doug Perry, communications director of the Utah Association of Counties (UAC), “He’s been very very helpful to not only his colleagues but to the Association as a whole and we congratulate him on this honor.”
Manis, who took office in 2010, is the first Millard County Assessor to receive this distinction since the recognition began, and is the sixth from his county to receive honors. Preceding him here Brandy Grace (County Auditor in 2014), Robert Dekker (County Sheriff in 2016, Ed Phillips (County Sheriff in 2002), John Hansen (County Treasurer in 2011), and John Cooper (County Commissioner in 2008).
Those honored are selected through a vote that is conducted and tabulated by UAC, along with other elected county government association groups that include the county assessors, auditors, attorneys, clerks, recorders, treasurers, sheriffs and surveyors.
Manis will be formally honored at the UAC Annual Convention, November 15-17 in St. George.