Chief appraiser to seek public office, county assessor job

John Kulseth - Contributed photo
John Kulseth
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John Kulseth, chief appraiser for the county Assessor’s office, announced he will run this year to succeed Charles Zalmanek as San Juan County Assessor.

Zalmanek previously announced he will not run for a third term.

Zalmanek has endorsed Kulseth in his campaign bid, as has the prior assessor, Paul Dossett.

Kulseth, an attorney by training, has worked in the assessor's office for 10 years.

"I have participated in every function of the Assessor's office," he said in a press release announcing his candidacy.

He's worked as an appraiser, manager and database administrator in the office.

The assessor's office fixes the value of property in the county for the calculation of property taxes and administers the property tax and the various tax exemption programs for agricultural, timber and open space land.

The assessor manages a 10-person office and administers a budget of about $917,000. The salary is just under $75,000 annually.

“The property tax system is fundamental to government budgeting and taxpayer trust and I will dedicate my time and effort to resolving those challenges and providing the services we all want and expect as taxpayers, and I look forward to talking with the community about the issues affecting our property taxes and asking for your vote in November," Kulseth said.

Contact Kulseth by e-mail at,

— Steve Wehrly


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