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Office of the County Appraiser

Phone: 913-715-9000 | Fax: 913-715-0010

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2100, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Meet the Appraiser

johnson county appraiser Paul WelcomePaul A. Welcome serves as County Appraiser for Johnson County, Kansas. As County Appraiser he manages a staff of approximately 86 employees and maintains the valuation and records for approximately 215,000 parcels with a 2014 valuation of approximately $62 billion.

He holds a Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers, and a Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA) for the State of Kansas. On June 30, 2009, he became an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

He is a past president of the IAAO (2002-2003) and since 1995 has served on various IAAO committees, in addition to receiving numerous awards with the most recent: the IAAO Verne W. Pottorff, CAE Professional Designee of the Year (September of 2012).

After performing in various capacities with The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees since 2004, in 2009 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation which commenced on January 1, 2009. In May of 2012, he was awarded The Appraisal Foundation Chairman's Award.

Welcomes is active as a senior facilitator for the IAAO and has worked as an instructor and consultant for the Valuations Offices in London, England and the Valuations Lands Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During the school year 2012/2013, Paul was an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management teaching a graduate program course on Entrepreneurial Management in real estate. He remains an active Senior Instructor each year for the Kansas City Chapter of the IAAO.

His community contributions include: Chairman of the “Jazz in the Woods” concert (annual free event and fundraiser) and President of the Leawood South Homes Association. He is a member of the Overland Park South Rotary Club and will be the acting President for his chapter in 2015.

Prior to being appointed in 1991 as County Appraiser of Johnson County, from 1980 until 1990 Welcome worked in the valuation field in Austin and Abilene, Texas as Deputy Chief Appraiser, Fee Appraiser, Associate Director for Valuations, and Administrator of Appraisal Services.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. After achieving a Masters degree in Business Administration, Welcome entered the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft commander.

Since his arrival in 1991 Johnson County has been found to be in the prestigious position of being in statistical compliance of appraised values each year by the State of Kansas Property Valuation Division. Statistical Compliance means: the values of the property appraised in the county must be within 90 -110% of the appraised value.

Additionally, the County Appraiser's Office has received national recognition from: the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the National Association of Counties (NACO) and the City, County, Communication and Marketing Association (3CMA).

Johnson County plays an important role in the State of Kansas valuation process. In 2013 the county represented the following contribution in valuation:

  • 28.5 percent (53.5 billion) in property valuation to the state’s appraised value (residential, commercial and personal property)

  • 30.4 percent or 7.2 billion of the state’s assessed real estate value

  • 33.2 percent of the state’s total assessed value in residential real estate

  • 32.0 percent of the state’s total assessed value in commercial real estate

  • 4.9 percent of the state's assessed value in personal property

Speaking Engagement Opportunity If you would like to invite Mr. Welcome to serve as a guest speaker, please contact Mary Kay Strauss (Executive Assistant to County Appraiser Paul Welcome) at 913.715.0138 or by email at MaryKay.Strauss@jocogov.org

Paul Welcome serves as County Appraiser for Johnson County, Kansas and holds the following designations:

Appraisal Experience:

  • Employed by Johnson County, Kansas as County Appraiser since December 1991

  • Experience includes valuation and consulting assignments concerning vacant and improved residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and special purpose properties

Former positions include:

  • Deputy Chief Appraiser (supervised staff of 80), Travis Appraisal District, Austin, Texas, February 1988 to December 1991

  • Fee Appraiser, American Realty Analysts and Suffield & Associates, Inc.; October 1985 to January 1988

  • Associate Director; Valuations, State Property Tax Board; Austin, Texas, June 1984 to October 1985

  • Administrator of Appraisal Services, Taylor County Appraisal District; Abilene, Texas; September 1980 to May 1984

  • Aircraft Commander, United States Air Force, August 1974 to September 1980.

Education:

  • Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, Ohio; Master of Business Administration, 1974

  • Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, Ohio; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1972

Management Courses:

  • University of Virginia Management Excellence Program; January 1994

  • State of Texas Management Training, Governor's Management Conference; November 1991

Publications:

  • The Value of Capitalization Rate Study, facilitated by outside consultant, IAAO Assessment Journal; July/August 1994

  • Licensing Practices: A Survey, IAAO Opportunities; December 1998

  • Case Study: Snakes and More Snakes; September/October 2001

  • Reap the Awards from Sale Price Disclosure, IAAO Assessment Journal; Summer 2003

Professional Memberships:

  • International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) President 2002-2003

  • IAAO President Elect, 2001-2002

  • IAAO Vice President, 2000-2001; Executive Board Member, 1997-1999; Ad Hoc Committee of Relocation, 1998-2000; and Research Subcommittee, 1995-1997

  • Kansas City Chapter IAAO, Board Member, 1993-1995

  • North Central Regional Association of Assessing Officers: Board Member, 1993; Legislative Committee Member, 1996 and 1998-2000; Executive Board Member, 1996-1998; and Professional Development Chair, 1999-2000

  • Kansas City Appraiser's Association: Executive Board Member, 1993; Legislative Committee Member, 1996 and 1998-2000; Executive Board Member, 1996-1998; and Professional Development Chair, 1999-2000

Awards:

  • The Verne W. Pottorff, CAE Professional Designee of the Year, 2012

  • The Appraisal Foundation Chairman's Award, 2012
  • IAAO 2010 Presidential Citation, 2010

  • IAAO Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration, 2011
     
  • Clifford B. Allen "Most Valuable Member", 2008
  • IAAO Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration, 2005

  • IAAO Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction; 2000, 1994

  • IAAO Public Information Award; 1999, 1998, 1993, 1991

  • National Association of Counties Achievement Awards; 1999, 1995, 1994

  • National Association of Counties Information Officers Achievement Award; 1999

  • City, County Communications Marketing Association (3CMA), Best Marketing Campaigns, Tools; 1999

  • Kansas County Appraiser's Association, "Outstanding Member" award; November 1999

Meet the Appraiser

Meet the Appraiser

Paul A. Welcome serves as County Appraiser for Johnson County, Kansas. As County Appraiser he manages a staff of approximately 86 employees and maintains the valuation and records for approximately 215,000 parcels with a 2014 valuation of approximately $62 billion.

He holds a Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers, and a Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA) for the State of Kansas. On June 30, 2009, he became an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

He is a past president of the IAAO (2002-2003) and since 1995 has served on various IAAO committees, in addition to receiving numerous awards with the most recent: the IAAO Verne W. Pottorff, CAE Professional Designee of the Year (September of 2012).

After performing in various capacities with The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees since 2004, in 2009 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation which commenced on January 1, 2009. In May of 2012, he was awarded The Appraisal Foundation Chairman's Award.

Welcomes is active as a senior facilitator for the IAAO and has worked as an instructor and consultant for the Valuations Offices in London, England and the Valuations Lands Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During the school year 2012/2013, Paul was an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management teaching a graduate program course on Entrepreneurial Management in real estate. He remains an active Senior Instructor each year for the Kansas City Chapter of the IAAO.

His community contributions include: Chairman of the “Jazz in the Woods” concert (annual free event and fundraiser) and President of the Leawood South Homes Association. He is a member of the Overland Park South Rotary Club and will be the acting President for his chapter in 2015.

Prior to being appointed in 1991 as County Appraiser of Johnson County, from 1980 until 1990 Welcome worked in the valuation field in Austin and Abilene, Texas as Deputy Chief Appraiser, Fee Appraiser, Associate Director for Valuations, and Administrator of Appraisal Services.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. After achieving a Masters degree in Business Administration, Welcome entered the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft commander.

Since his arrival in 1991 Johnson County has been found to be in the prestigious position of being in statistical compliance of appraised values each year by the State of Kansas Property Valuation Division. Statistical Compliance means: the values of the property appraised in the county must be within 90 -110% of the appraised value.

Additionally, the County Appraiser's Office has received national recognition from: the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the National Association of Counties (NACO) and the City, County, Communication and Marketing Association (3CMA).

Johnson County plays an important role in the State of Kansas valuation process. In 2013 the county represented the following contribution in valuation:

  • 28.5 percent (53.5 billion) in property valuation to the state’s appraised value (residential, commercial and personal property)
  • 30.4 percent or 7.2 billion of the state’s assessed real estate value
  • 33.2 percent of the state’s total assessed value in residential real estate
  • 32.0 percent of the state’s total assessed value in commercial real estate
  • 4.9 percent of the state's assessed value in personal property

Speaking Engagement Opportunity:  If you would like to invite Mr. Welcome to serve as a guest speaker, please contact Mary Kay Strauss (Executive Assistant to County Appraiser Paul Welcome) at 913.715.0138 or by email at MaryKay.Strauss@jocogov.org