Dorothy Jacks was elected as Palm Beach County’s Property Appraiser in 2016 after a distinguished 28-year career in the office. As a Certified Florida Appraiser and Assessment Administration Specialist, she has the highest professional designation in Florida and one of the highest international designations for someone who holds the office of Property Appraiser.
In the Property Appraiser’s Office, Ms. Jacks has held positions at every level. Prior to her election, she was the Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, where she focused her efforts on hiring professional and technical staff with the highest industry credentials, implementing budget reductions and overseeing effective management information systems. Among her most notable accomplishments is the creation of the award-winning Property Appraiser's Public Access (PAPA) website, the go-to tool for business, industry and government to access property data. It’s free and it’s available 24/7, as is PAPA Mobile, the browser-based tool for mobile devices.
In addition to her strong technical experience, Ms. Jacks brings to the office a reputation as a proven industry and community leader.
Her expertise in property appraisal, assessment administration, tax law and government jurisdiction operations has earned Jacks regional, national and worldwide recognition as a leader in her field. She served as president of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), an 8,000-member worldwide organization of professional assessing and appraising officials in 2018. She also served as past president of the Florida Chapter of IAAO.
Ms. Jacks’ reputation as a strong leader is also evident in her community. She is a board member of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County and the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, and an active alumnus and former board member of Leadership Palm Beach County. She has served as president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and president of the Friends of the Mandel Public Library. She is also a former member of the City of West Palm Beach Zoning Board of Appeals.
Ms. Jacks’ key initiatives for the Property Appraiser's Office are focused on producing a fair and equitable tax roll, broadening the efficiency of the office, embracing new and innovative technology, enhancing community outreach and increasing exceptional customer service for all taxpayers in Palm Beach County.
In the fall of 2018, Ms. Jacks’ launched the office’s first-ever strategic plan. An office-wide process of envisioning what the Property Appraiser’s office will look like in five years, defining a set of core values and goals, and using those goals to develop a series of strategic plans for implementation and evaluation for the years ahead.
Ms. Jacks received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida.