Sue grew up in northwest Indiana and lives in Valparaiso with her husband Ralph. Together they have 6 adult children and 3 grandchildren, most of whom live in northwest Indiana.
Sue has spent much of her career working in public education in northwest Indiana. She has devoted almost 30 years to School Administration working as a Facilities Director, Transportation Director and Construction Manager where she directed a staff of over 30 people and managed multimillion-dollar budgets.
She currently works in the Porter County Assessor’s office where she has earned the distinction of a Level III Indiana Assessor-Appraiser Certification.
Sue has also served on the following boards:
Currently serving as the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (PTABOA) Administrator
Tri-Creek School Board of Trustees for 14 years, 5 years as Board President
Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative Board of Managers for 10 years
Federal Relations Network Committee -- (Appointed by the Indiana School Boards Association to represent Indiana in Washington DC) for 8 years
Girl Scout Co-leader for 6 years
When elected Porter County Assessor, all of Sue’s attention will be devoted to the Assessor’s Office. This will be her only job. She will be available in the office to answer your questions, address your concerns and be there to work for taxpayers. They can expect an assessor who will review and analyze trending details for annual re-assessments with a fine-toothed comb. The most important function of the Assessor’s office is to serve the public. The people who visit the Assessor’s office will be treated with the utmost respect and can expect fair and equitable assessed values for their property.
Also, when elected as the Porter County Assessor, Sue has several goals she will be working toward. She has been in conversation with Representative Soliday regarding the House Enrolled Act No. 1166 and how it affects taxpayers. She believes this is a good law but needs to go a little further to protect the property owner. She would like to continue working with Representative Soliday to further refine this law.
Sue has also been in conversation with Representative Soliday regarding Senior citizens losing the over 65 exemptions due to no fault of their own. Assessed values on homes are skyrocketing due to the aggressive price buyers are willing to pay for a home in the current market. This is hurting our senior citizens just when they need this exemption the most.
Sue will work cooperatively with legislators and the Auditors office to increase the allowable assessed valuation as well as the income level requirements for our over 65 property owners. The current requirements have not kept up with market or inflation. This is a very important issue to Sue. She sees the devastating effects on our seniors every day.
Through her years of experience working in the public sector, Sue understands how the government process works and will go the extra mile in persuading legislators to help our most vulnerable citizens.