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Susan Bates, field appraiser for the Atoka County Assessor’s Office, recently received a certificate of advanced accreditation from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
The statutory assessor accreditation program requires that, within 18 months of employment in the assessor’s office, new employees successfully complete two academic courses to receive initial accreditation.
Within 18 months of achieving initial accreditation, employees must complete five more courses to earn advanced accreditation.
Typically, accreditation certificates are awarded at the annual Oklahoma Tax Commission conference in Tulsa.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the conference was done virtually this year, and accreditation certificates were sent in the mail.
Atoka County Assessor Joe McClour presented the certificate to Bates Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
The assessor’s office is the only county office with mandatory statutory training requirements as a condition of continued employment.
The accreditation program is administered by the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology in cooperation with the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the County Assessors’ Association.
“Susan continues to be an amazing employee,” McClour said. “In less than two years in our office, she has grown and learned so much. I’m thankful I get to work alongside her.”