On June 25, I was honored with the appointment as Hendry County property appraiser by Gov. Rick Scott.
I started my career in 1989 in Palm Beach County and, after 17 years there, I transferred to the Hendry County Property Appraiser’s Office in 2006.
I became the chief deputy for Phillip Pelletier in 2009 and had the privilege to work under his leadership until he retired in March 2018. During my career, I have worked in several departments within the appraiser’s office and have the experience necessary to understand every aspect and role of the property appraiser.
As I move into this important position, I am proud to say that I will lead this office with respect, character and integrity. I have worked under four property appraisers in my nearly 30 years of employment, and while each one held different talents and beliefs, my most important goals are to always serve the public in a kind and courteous manner and to uphold the law while creating a fair and equitable tax roll.
I am excited to announce that Lucia Hernandez will serve as my chief deputy. Lucia has been a tremendous asset to this office for the past 11 years, starting as a record specialist and quickly moving to administrative assistant. Ms. Hernandez works closely with the Department of Revenue, our software programmers and the department heads of various offices within the county. Her talents are appreciated by many both in and out of this county. I know she is capable of fulfilling this position with great success.
I have also promoted Nick Tanner to appraisal director. Mr. Tanner has been with this office for nearly five years, becoming a certified Florida evaluator in the first two years of employment. He played a tremendous role during the conversion of our new software, assisting with the intricate aspects of valuations, calculations and data imports. Mr. Tanner has been a field analyst and has assisted in Value Adjustment Board proceedings as well as the valuation process of both residential and commercial properties.
I am very confident of the abilities of my entire staff and will continue to serve our county with excellence.
On a personal note, I have lived in Hendry County for 22 years, having moved to Clewiston after marrying my husband, Mike Pittman, in 1996. We have raised two daughters in Clewiston. Both graduated from Clewiston High School with honors and now attend college. Our daughters kept us very busy as they were both three-sport athletes throughout high school and played travel ball on weekends and during the summers. I also have two beautiful stepdaughters and four amazing grandchildren.
Hendry County is the place where I call home, and it is my pleasure to represent you well and serve you to the best of my ability. I thank you for your support in the November election. Please remember — “Pick Pitt for Property Appraiser.”