County appoints appraiser to fill retiring O'Dell's term

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Miami County commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday, June 5, to appoint Justin Eimers to fill the remainder of retiring county appraiser Stephanie O’Dell’s term. Eimers currently works for the Johnson County Appraiser’s office.

PAOLA — An experienced appraiser has been appointed to fill the remainder of county appraiser Stephanie Jo O’Dell’s term after she retires later this month.

Miami County commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday, June 5, to appoint Justin Eimers, a certified Kansas registered mass appraiser, to fill the remainder of O’Dell’s term.

Eimers has worked in the Johnson County Appraiser’s office since 2005, said Holly Ray, Miami County’s human resources director. She said Miami County officials were pleased to find an appraiser with Eimers’ experience.

Eimers is a commercial real estate special project analyst with the Johnson County Appraiser’s office, according to the Johnson County government website. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

He is past president of the Kansas City Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers and is a member of the Model Legislation Task Force, according to his LinkedIn profile.

O’Dell has previously announced she plans to retire June 21.

County commissioners worked out an agreement with Eimers to assume the county appraiser’s position, beginning June 21 and continuing through June 30, 2021, to fill the remainder of O’Dell’s term.

State law requires the county commission of each county in Kansas to appoint a county appraiser every four years. The law went into effect in 1993.

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