Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group in his downtown office today announces bid for Los Alamos County Assessor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Local businessman James Chrobocinski announced his candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor during an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Chrobocinski grew up in Los Alamos but left to live in Corpus Christi, Texas for several years. He returned two years ago and opened Zia Realty Group in downtown Los Alamos, which now has 25 agents and offices in Santa Fe and Espanola.
“I love being back in the community I was raised in,” Chrobocinski said. “I’ve enjoyed a great deal of success since I returned and I really want to do something to give back to this wonderful community.”
Chrobocinski, 41, was active in local and state politics in Corpus Christi and began recently to look at what he might do here. He spent time last week meeting with County Assessor JoAnn Johnson, Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez and their staff.
“Assessor JoAnn Johnson is term limiting out this year so I spoke with her and her staff and was very impressed with their professionalism and dedication to the County,” he said.
Johnson told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she is pleased to see interest in her position for which she ran unopposed in the elections for both of her four-year terms.
“James asked all the right questions and showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the importance of public service and we need more people like him running for office in our community,” Johnson said.
Chrobocinski was concerned that his being a real estate broker might be considered a conflict of interest but Bureau Chief David Ortiz of the New Mexico Property Tax Division spoke to the department’s attorney who determined there is no conflict of interest with his serving as assessor.
“I was happy to hear that. I believe that my background as a real estate broker is advantageous in that I have expertise in property value assessments,” Chrobocinski said.
The Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office is in Ste. 210 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. The assessor is the elected official responsible for valuing all real and personal property for taxing authorities in the County. Taxing authorities include such organizations as school districts, County hospitals, municipalities, conservancy districts and flood control authorities. The assessor also develops and maintains all parcel information in the county and also administers the granting of certain exemptions allowable by the New Mexico Property Tax Code.
The County Assessor’s Office locates, identifies and values all taxable property in Los Alamos County in accordance with New Mexico State Laws. This includes both real and personal property. The Assessor’s Office also prepares and certifies the assessment roll and individual property assessments in accordance with New Mexico State Laws.
Chrobocinski is married to Jacqueline Chrobocinski who is the office manager for Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout of Northern New Mexico Women’s Health Center at Los Alamos Medical Center. They have a 7-year-old son JJ who is a first grader at Mountain Elementary School.
Chrobocinski can be reached at James@ZiaRealtyGroup.com or 505.662.8899.