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Let’s reelect Dave Mattens | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

With Island County’s current financial situation, what we need most of all is very astute and proven management in county government.

In the assessor’s race, I believe that Dave Mattens has far and away the most management experience to bring to that office.

Dave has more than 20 years of management experience, first as a commissioned military officer serving our country, and most recently as our current county assessor.

He has been recognized for his leadership abilities in challenging situations.

In his current term as assessor, he has proven his management ability by applying cutting-edge technology, using team management and instituting changes in procedures and processes.

By using his extensive management abilities, Dave has absorbed the mandatory layoffs and cuts in working hours, which dropped the office to its lowest staffing level in history, while significantly improving the responsiveness and performance of the office.

By improving the efficiency of personnel and using technology, he has been able to catch up on property segregations that had fallen as much as six years behind, so that they are now practically real-time.

Dave has also put the assessor’s office back on the state’s prescribed deadlines, streamlined mailing of “change of value” notices and secured a grant to complete an integrated digital map of all properties in Island County.

Several members of Dave’s staff have said, “Dave is the best manager we have ever worked for.”

Isn’t that what we need in county government? Let’s vote for Dave Mattens for Island County assessor.

Martin Matthews


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