Mayor Roxann Wedegartner is pleased to announce the appointment of Randall Austin as the City’s Chief Assessor. Austin was sworn in Tuesday– his first day on the job.
Austin has more than two decades of municipal assessing experience across Western Massachusetts. He comes to Greenfield from Easthampton, where he served as Principal Assessor for the past year. Austin has been a Massachusetts Accredited Assessor since 2015 and a member of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers since 2002.
“I want to welcome Randy to Greenfield. I am confident that his experience in municipal assessing and finance will benefit the City and its residents and businesses,” said Mayor Wedegartner. “In these times of rising property and auto values, he has the knowledge and skills to ensure assessments are fair and equitable.”
“I’m excited to get to work and change the stigma that is often associated with the Assessors Department,” said Austin. “I look forward to being accessible to the public and raising awareness about potential tax abatements and exemptions for homeowners and businesses.”
The primary function of the Chief Assessor is to value and record all real estate and personal property in Greenfield. Assessments of all properties must be reviewed every five years and certified for fair market value, equitability and uniformity by the state Department of Revenue. Assessors are also required to maintain the values in the years between certification and make any appropriate adjustments.
Assistant Assessor Sandra Gradoia has been leading the department since December 2021, following the departure of Chief Assessor Kimberly Mew.