El Paso County Assessor, Steve Schleiker, was honored Thursday at the Downtown Partnership’s 20th annual breakfast in front of a sold-out crowd of 700 business, community, and civic leaders.
He was awarded the Downtown Star for the category of Civil Servant. The award is given to a person or a group that has made outstanding commitments to a thriving downtown.
“Downtown Stars are the sometime unsung heroes who, when they see an opportunity to make our Downtown and community better, they don’t just wait for someone else to get it done, they take the initiative and run with it,” said Susan Edmondson, the President and CEO of the Downtown Partnership.
Schleiker helped do that with a major upgrade to the County Assessor’s web page.
“Earlier this year the Assessor’s Office launched a revamped website with greatly improved functionality and searchable features. Why does that matter? When public data is made user-friendly, it is thus also business-friendly and resident-friendly. The new mapping and data visualization features help us do our jobs better and provide valuable information for investors looking to do business downtown and throughout the county,” said Edmondson.
After the breakfast, Schleiker briefly spoke at the Board of County Commissioners regular Thursday meeting at Centennial Hall about receiving the award. He immediately gave all the praise to his staff.
“Humbling, but I think it’s extremely important that this award is my staff. I truly believe I have the best staff of all 64 county assessors and I’m an absolutely blessed individual,” said Schleiker.
The El Paso County Assessor’s Office tracks 277,000 parcels on any given day and the county Assessor web page gets 37 million views a year.