2017-07-27 / Front Page

Council OKs new assessor

Pick is veteran valuing homes

A Narragansett woman who has spent 14 years valuing properties in Rhode Island will replace Ken Gray as the town’s tax assessor.

The councilors at their July 17 meeting affirmed Town Administrator Andy’s Nota recommendation of Christine Brochu. Nota said the town was fortunate to snag the University of Rhode Island grad.

“She was not looking for a job,” he said. “We were lucky. It was the right time at the right place.”

Brochu, who starts in August, has been the tax assessor in West Warwick since December 2015 after a 12-year stint at the tax office in Hopkinton. She’s been a certified appraiser since 2007 and a certified assessor for five years. Brochu also served two terms as the president of the Rhode Island Association of Assessing Officers.

According to Nota, the town only received four applications since Gray retired from his post in June after 14 years.

Council President Kristine Trocki credited Nota and Finance Director Tina Collins for finding a strong candidate despite the thin market.

“Great job,” Trocki said. “She looks like she has an impressive resume.”

“She’s extremely qualified,” Nota said.

There is no relation between the oncoming tax assessor and Town Solicitor Wyatt Brochu.

— Tim Riel

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