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CAD Appoints Grams as Chief Appraiser

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

By a unanimous decision, the Central Appraisal District Board of Directors appointed Wendy M. Grams, RPA, as the district's chief appraiser during a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Grams served as CAD interim chief appraiser since the resignation of Ed Barnes in October 2010.

Barnes left the appraisal district to become director of maintenance for the Bandera Independent School District.

Grams started at the appraisal district in 2003 as field appraiser, progressing into management positions by becoming lead appraiser, then deputy chief appraiser prior to being appointed interim chief appraiser.

She first moved to Medina in 1982 with her parents, Faye and Frank Kriedler. After graduating from high school and marrying, Grams relocated to Marble Falls, where she eventually became a manager for the H-E-B Grocery Company.

After working with the company for 10 years, she returned to Medina to be closer to her parents and "so my children could experience the same type of childhood I did - a small town atmosphere and the close knit community."

In addition to holding a Registered Professional Appraiser (RPA) Class IV license through the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration, Grams is working toward her Registered Tax Assessor-Registered Tax Collector (RTA/RTC) license.

She recently completed Dale Carnegie Leadership Training, earning the "Highest Achievement" award. She is currently enrolled at the Texas Association of Appraisal District's Chief Appraiser's Institute.

Active in the Medina community, Grams serves as vice president of the Medina Athletic Booster Club and coronation director for the Medina School Homecoming festivities.

Clearly excited about leading the CAD, Grams said she is looking forward to collaborating with taxing entities and property owners. "Future projects include working with the board of directors for long-term planning, streamlining work plans and improving communications with the public, through community projects and expanded Internet access," she said.

"Because I live in this community, I have a vested interest in the continued improvement of appraisal district functions and the quality of customer service provided," Grams continued. She also intends for the CAD to become known as a local information resource.

Quoting the Central Appraisal District's Mission Statement, Grams noted: "We are committed to earning and keeping the public's trust and confidence in the work we perform, striving to provide quality services and demonstrating a professional attitude."

The new chief appraiser can be contacted at 830-796-3039, or by stopping by the CAD office, 1206 Main Street, in Bandera.