Letter to the Editor: Frank Celico deserves another term as Summit County assessor | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Frank Celico deserves another term as Summit County assessor

Sarah Wilkinson

I am writing in to share my full support for Frank Celico for Summit County assessor and to share some reasons why he is the best candidate in the upcoming Democratic Party primary election. I know these things to be true about Frank because I’ve worked with him since 2017, both alongside him in the Attorney’s Office and now, as chief appraiser, in the Assessor’s Office.

Frank is a smart, dedicated and innovative leader who has worked for Summit County Government for over 20 years, both as assistant county attorney, and now as assessor since 2019. As a highly accomplished lawyer, he worked closely with many departments and organizations, developing relationships, collaborating on policies and representing county government in legal matters, including supporting the Assessor’s Office in all matters. Using his legal training, he represented the Assessor’s Office in the “contiguous parcel” cases  at the Colorado Supreme Court in 2019, winning two cases that clarified classification of vacant parcels state-wide.

As Summit County assessor, I know firsthand that Frank has made many significant improvements. He recognized the need for more equitable and accurate property values and implemented a new software program to address that need, and again, when our current database system was deemed inadequate for the near future, collaborated with many departments to select a new system that allows more integration and efficiencies between offices that already work closely together. Finally, and I believe most importantly, Frank is dedicated to supporting his team: the office has a flexible scheduling policy; he encourages staff to take on new challenges and opportunities; and he has championed both bonuses and wage increases to recognize staff achievements and performance.

Frank is the candidate with the experience to lead the way forward for the Assessor’s Office – developing staff, providing courteous service, and making your county government efficient and effective.

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