Where they stand Q&A: Katie Molinder


Why are you running for office?

Having been born and raised in Hancock County, my faith in this community and its people is very strong. Recently, I became aware that $90,000 a year of Hancock County tax money is going to pay private contractors to perform duties that should be performed by our local assessor’s office. I believe the elected Hancock County assessor should be an individual who is able to perform all job related duties without outsourcing to private companies. I believe I am that individual.

What makes you a qualified candidate for the position?

I began working in the assessor’s office after the Marine Corps stationed my husband in Lafayette. I have been fortunate enough to work under three Indiana assessors. I assisted them in saving Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars by eliminating government contractors. I have my bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University and hold a Level III assessor/appraiser certification – the highest certification for Indiana Assessors. I am currently serving as the chief deputy assessor in Tippecanoe County. We finally moved home a few years ago. I want to bring my experience home, too.

What are your top three goals for the position?

As the elected assessor I will stop outsourcing assessment work to private contractors and save Hancock County hundreds of thousands of dollars. I will develop transparent valuation tools to help residents view and understand their assessments more effectively. I will also implement innovative assessment methods that will increase the efficiency of assessor staff and create fair and equitable assessments.

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Name: Katie Molinder

Age: 32

Party: Republican

Office sought: Hancock County assessor

Occupation: Chief deputy assessor, Tippecanoe County Assessor’s Office

Political experience: None

Family: Husband Chad, two children