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Leadership Team

Al Dams

Chief Deputy Assessor

Al Dams is a well-respected public servant, leader and innovator. Al has served in a number of leadership roles in King County government over the last 25 years in a variety of departments, including Assessments; Records, Elections and Licensing Services; Parks; and Public Works.

Al has led the development of key innovations, managed mission-critical projects, and implemented important operational improvements for King County government and its residents.

Bonnie Christensen

Commercial Division Director

The Commercial/Business Division values all commercial real and personal property, multifamily buildings, and condominium units in King County. Bonnie has been with King County Assessments for over 20 years. She has worked in both the Residential and Commercial Divisions during her tenure with the Department. Bonnie is a licensed Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and a State Accredited Real Estate appraiser.

Jeff Darrow

Residential Division Director

The Residential Division is responsible for the inspection and valuation of all residential parcels in King County. Darrow has been with the King County Department of Assessments 19 years and has 24 years of Real Estate and Real Estate Appraisal experience. Darrow has a B.A. in Marketing with an emphasis on marketing research and statistics from Western Washington University.

Rich Watson

Administrative Services Division Director

The Administrative Services Division provides oversight and supervision of payroll and human resources; budget, finance and procurement; and public information and disclosure. Watson has been with King County for 15 years in various human resource leadership roles. Watson has over 20 years of human resources and administrative management experience. He holds a BS in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Economics from University of New Mexico, and an MBA from Oregon State University. Watson is a certified mediator and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Dennis Pulsipher

Chief Appraiser and Appeals Division Director

The Appeals Division provides oversight of appeals and property assessment litigation. Pulsipher has over thirty years of property assessment experience in four assessment jurisdictions: King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, and the Washington State Department of Revenue. Pulsipher has a Master in Public Administration and a BA in Economics. A member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, Pulsipher’s duties have spanned a wide range, from appraising residential, commercial, and operating utilities properties, auditing and assessing commercial personal property, directing property mass appraisal programs, and managing Assessor's offices.

Iris Hoffner

Accounting Division Director

The Accounting Division administers a wide array of functions for the department, including: processing about 700,000 property valuation notices each year; reviewing/approving hundreds of new condominiums, plats, boundary line adjustments and land segregations and mergers; maintaining GIS map layers which are available to internal and external users; reviewing/approving thousands of non-profit, senior, disability, current use and home improvement exemptions; and producing a fair and equitable tax roll for all taxing districts. Iris has over thirty years of assessment experience within the Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Hoang Nguyen

Information Services Division Director

The Information Services Division supports the development of the Assessor’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system, web portal, mobile iPad applications, and other administrative systems. Hoang was been with King County Assessments for 16 years. Hoang has a BS in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Systems that Hoang has managed have won awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).