WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Property Appraiser Gil Carter has announced his intention to seek re-election.

“I am grateful for the honor and privilege of serving the people of Washington County as their property appraiser,” said Carter.

Carter, a lifelong resident of Washington County, graduated from Chipley High School in 1986. He began work in the Property Appraiser’s office March 1, 1988, under the supervision of Roland Walsingham and continued working under Ronnie Wright until Wright's retirement.

Gil is a State Certified Florida Appraiser and a member of The Florida Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Gil is also a member of The Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida, Inc. where he has served on several committees as well as on the Board of Directors.

His most recent accomplishment is being elected by the members to serve as President of the Association for the 2014-2015 year.

Carter stressed his qualifications to perform the duties of Property Appraiser, which he reminds include understanding deed and title transfers, exemptions, laws and law making, computer systems, management models and techniques, statistics, surveying, geographic information systems, as well as valuation processes for both single properties and groups of properties.

"Most importantly, the Appraiser must have the knowledge and experience to determine fair market value for every property," said Carter. “For the past 16 years, you, the citizens of this county, have put your trust in me to accomplish this task, and together we have been successful.”

Under Carter’s leadership, the property appraiser’s office has advanced in technology to a completely computerized CAMA USA mass appraisal system and CAD mapping system as well as an Internet site to place the public’s information at your fingertips.

Gil added, “My 28 years of experience in the day to day operations of your property appraiser’s office and my dedication to the people of Washington County, uniquely qualifies me to serve as your property appraiser. With the love and support of my wife and family along with my staff, if you will allow me the honor, I pledge to continue to serve Washington County in the most professional, courteous and honest way possible.”

Gil is the son of the late Willie and Jessie Lee Carter of Wausau. He and his wife Gina have two daughters, Madison and Mariah.