KEVIN JACOBS, COUNTY ASSESSOR
Kevin was born in Soda Springs, Idaho and grew up in Syracuse, Utah. He currently lives in Riverton, Utah. Kevin graduated in Accounting from Weber State University in 1982 and passed the CPA examination in 1984.
After graduating, he began working for the Salt Lake County Auditor’s Office. There he worked in Accounting and Operations before moving to Budget and Management, and then to Internal Audit.
He became the Fiscal Manager for the Assessor’s Office in 1989. After resolving some serious budget issues between our office and the County Commission, he was asked to develop and implement a reporting system within the Assessor’s Office to identify and prioritize parcels with a large increase/decrease in value from the prior year. These parcels are then reviewed for accuracy before the valuation is finalized. The reports have been expanded over the years, but the system still functions as designed an remains in use by the office.
In 1998, he was asked to run the Motor Vehicle Department, while still keeping his Fiscal Manager responsibilities. While in this position, he designed and implemented the “On-the-Spot” renewal program.
At the end of 1999, the MV function was transferred from the County to the State, and he became the Director of Administration. Besides budget preparation and monitoring, personnel, and purchasing, he was also in charge of annexations, incorporations, RDAs (Redevelopment Agencies) and CDAs (Community Development Agencies), plus the GIS (Geographical Information System) and CAMA (Computer Assistant Mass Appraisal) computer systems.
In 2011, Lee Gardner asked him accept the position of Chief Deputy Assessor. In this position, he filled in for Lee whenever he was not in the office. Kevin handled the day-to-day operations of the office, including personnel issues, resolving conflicts with vendors, set division and office goals and deadlines, work with other County offices including the County Council, prepare analysis of proposed legislation, and work with legislators during the legislative session. During this time, Kevin was able to work on and complete the necessary requirements to become a Licensed Appraiser for the State of Utah.
Kevin is married to his sweetheart Debbie Willard Jacobs. They have five children; three boys and two girls. Kevin and Debbie also have four granddaughters, who keep them busy! Besides spending time with his family, Kevin enjoys camping, Dutch oven cooking, and gardening.