Originally posted at 5:01 p.m. Updated at 6:03 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – The fiscal year 2021 President of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO) is the new assessor for the City of Framingham.
John Neas, a Framingham native, started with the City of Framingham on June 28.
Neas was the principal assessor in the Town of Hopkinton most recently.
“I have twelve years of municipal experience as an assessor and 30 years of experience in the real estate appraisal field appraising all types of commercial, industrial, and residential properties,” wrote Neas in his cover letter to the City of Framingham in applying for the job.
“An assessor has critical administrative responsibilities, but I also enjoy wearing my hard hat for field work when necessary because I believe it is essential for the assessor to know the town,” wrote Neas in his cover letter. “I have experience before the Appellate Tax Board as both an appraiser and as an assessor.”
A Boston College graduate, Neas was one of four applicants for the position in the City of Framingham.
Framingham Human Relations Director Dolores Hamilton said two of the four candidates were interviews.
The City used a screening committee comprised of the HR Director, the outgoing CFO and a member of the Board of Assessors, said Hamilton to SOURCDE.
Neas’ starting salary is $115,000
The chief assessor performs “highly responsible and professional supervisory work along with technical and administrative work relating to managing the assessment and appraisal function for the City, including establishing property valuations, preparing tax rates with accompanying schedules and taxable property inventory lists, defending assessments, maintaining and enhancing the City’s land based records, providing appraisal support to the Board of Assessors, in accordance with state and local statute and regulations and policies of the Board of Assessors; performs all other related work as required.”
The position did not need City Council approval as it is a department head and not a division head.
Neas wrote in his cover letter he has “MAA Designation, the RMA Designation and the CMA Designation from the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers. I have served as a member of the MAAO Education Committee and have taught MAAO Course 1 – Comparable Sales Approach, MAAO Course 2 – Cost Approach, MAAO Course 3 – Income Approach, MAAO Course 4 – Narrative Appraisal Report Writing, MAAO Course 5 – Mass Appraisal, MAAO Course 6 – Valuation Administration and MAAO Course 200 – Principles of Assessing Procedures. I wrote a new course for MAAO entitled Advanced Valuation Case Studies on a residential subdivision, an apartment building and an office building that I have taught at the UMASS Summer School.”