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Richard Petree

Richard Petree is a native of Abilene, Texas, attending public schools there and completing Cooper High School. He remained in Abilene to complete his undergraduate studies at McMurry University. His majors include a BBA in Economics and General Business and in Secondary Education with teaching specialties in Economics and History.
Mr. Petree is married to Cammie, head volleyball coach and instructor for McMurry University.  He is the father of six children, Angela, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas; Shawn, a minister in Seattle, Washington; Jason, a building contractor in Tennessee; Chance, a commercial sales rep.; Megan, a senior at McMurry University; and Austin, a sixth grader in Wylie ISD. The Petrees have eight grandchildren.
Mr. Petree began his career at West Texas Utilities in 1970 working in Industrial Development.  He left WTU to seek the elected position of County Tax Assessor Collector and was elected in 1976. He served two terms as the elected County Assessor and during his last term, he was named as the first Chief Appraiser of Taylor County.  With the exception of a nine-month stint as Chief Appraiser in Travis County in 1988, Petree has remained as the Chief Appraiser of Taylor County. In 1988 he was presented the Earl Luna Award by the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts recognizing him as the outstanding Chief Appraiser in that year. He was recognized with the Excellence in Education award in 2004 by that same organization.
Mr. Petree has been a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers since 1981. He was elected to the Executive Board of IAAO in 2004. He has served on various committees of IAAO including Nominations, Awards, and Education.  In 2010 he was awarded Member of the Year for IAAO.  He has also been a member of the Texas Association of Assessing Officers since 1977 and a member of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts since 1982 where he has served in all office positions. He is a certified instructor for the State of Texas teaching various courses in appraisal and ethics. He is a consultant to appraisal organizations assisting them in problem solving. He has been a consultant to The Appraisal Foundation, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bexar CAD, LaSalle CAD, Hunt CAD, Calhoun CAD, Stonewall CAD, Mitchell CAD, McCulloch CAD, Presidio CAD, Sutton CAD and Grayson CAD. In his consultant role he has provided complete appraisal services to some of those districts including appraisal of rural land for both a market value and an agricultural use value.  He has developed numerous schedules for land values and improvement values of housing, farm buildings, and commercial buildings utilizing all three approaches to value as the basis for those schedules. His company is Western Valuation and Consulting, LLC, where he will spend his time upon his retirement in December, 2013.
 In addition to his role as Chief Appraiser, Mr. Petree is a licensed facilitator for the Franklin-Covey organization and teaches Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results to interested persons in government.
Mr. Petree also is a licensed United Methodist minister and serves small Methodist churches in West Texas for the past twenty years. He is currently pastor of Nolan and Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Churches. He has been a member of the boards of Rotary International, the Kiwanis Club of Abilene, United Way of Abilene, Sears Retirements Systems, Inc., and Butman Methodist Camp and Retreat Center. He is an Executive Board member and fund secretary of the Texas Political Subdivisions Joint Insurance Fund. He served as the Spiritual Director and board member of Big Country Emmaus, a local division of the world-wide non-denominational church organization.
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