Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office Officials Speak at Feb. 18 ‘Lunch with a Leader’

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez brief County Council members during a meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LWV News:

County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez are the speakers at the League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader.

The talk is 11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Mesa Public Library and the public is invited to attend.

Johnson has lived in Los Alamos for 50 years. She was a stay at home mom until her children graduated from high school. She completed her AA degree in accounting from Northern New Mexico University and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 15 years with the responsibility for the budget of a facilities engineering group.

Since she retired in 1990, Johnson volunteered for five years on the Parks and Recreation Board, is in her sixth year on the LARSO Board of Directors and has served two elected terms as County Assessor.

Valdez is a native New Mexican. He attended Santa Fe Community College and Northern New Mexico Community College. He also completed course work at UNM, New Mexico Tech and WNMU dealing in fundamentals of appraisal, commercial and residential modeling, property valuation and assessment and tax policy. He started his career working for the Rio Arriba County Assessor’s Office and later moved on to Santa Fe where he worked for the State of New Mexico in different positions for the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division.


Valdez came to Los Alamos in 2000, where he has worked his way up from Appraiser to Chief Deputy Assessor at Los alamos County. He also is a small business owner.


He holds his New Mexico Certified Appraiser designation from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division and holds his Apprentice Appraiser License from the New Mexico Real Estate Appraisers Board. Valdez also holds his Certified Public Official and Certified Public Supervisor designation from the NM EDGE program. He has recently been accepted as a candidate for the Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) and Residential Evaluation Specialist (RES) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers. He is a member of the New Mexico Association of Assessing Officers and part of the association’s legislative subcommittee.


At their Feb. 18 talk, Johnson and Valdez will discuss the functions and responsibilities of the County Assessor, the real estate market and property evaluation, how the valuation process works, tax payer benefits and exemptions and the protest process.


To order lunch from the Co-op, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.661.6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com and she will give you the extensive options available. Each lunch is $10 and orders must be given to Armbruster by the evening of Feb 16. Ordering lunch is not necessary to attend the talk.