With Michael Swan moving into the Warren County Treasurer’s post as of Jan. 2, county leaders are now in the process of selecting a new chief of the county Real Property Services office, which Swan now heads up.
Sources at the county said this week that the leading candidate for the new Director of Real Property is Lexie Delurey, the present Deputy Director of the office. They said that Delurey, a resident of South Glens Falls, is the likely choice for the post, which is appointed by the county Board of Supervisors.
While county Administrator Paul Dusek and county Attorney Martin Auffredou declined to acknowledge Delurey as the leading candidate, the two said they were examining residency requirements, if any, for the office. The action was anticipated as a result of county officials voting Dec. 1 to officially start the process of selecting a new director of the Real Property Services office.
The department's main functions are to produce and maintain tax maps that depict land parcels, and to provide services to local assessors related to appraisals, sales and revaluation efforts.
The office also assists in preparing tax rolls, advises in investigating tax roll errors, and administers the disposition of tax-delinquent property. The office's personnel also works with the county Board of Supervisors in setting property tax rates — in conjunction with state tax officials.
Delurey said Dec. 1 that she's learned all the functions of the Real Property office from the ground up, having started as an account clerk/typist in the department 12 years ago. Since then, she has been promoted several times. She served for years as a Property Information Specialist before she was promoted in Oct. 2007 to Deputy Director .
She said this week that if she is indeed is chosen to lead the department, she feels comfortable in taking on the duties since she has gained knowledge of all aspects of the work. Such tasks include examining tax maps and assuring they are accurate, and comprehending the legal descriptions contained in deeds.
“There's a four-year learning curve involved in working in the Real Property office,” she said.
Delurey said that when she was first hired, the Real Property office conducted their work merely with paper records.
During her tenure, she helped in computerization and indexing of the vast amounts of information, including historical data on each land parcel, she added.