Paul A. Welcome
Paul A. Welcome serves as County Appraiser for Johnson County, Kansas. As County Appraiser he manages a staff of approximately 95 employees and maintains the valuation and records for approximately 211,000 parcels with a 2009 valuation of approximately $60 billion.
He holds a Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers, and a Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA) for the State of Kansas. On June 30, 2009, he became an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He is a past president of the IAAO (2002-2003) and since 1995 has served on various IAAO committees, in addition to receiving numerous awards with the most recent: the IAAO Clifford B. Allen "Most Valuable Member" (August of 2008).
After performing in various capacities with The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees since 2004, in 2009 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation which commenced on January 1, 2009. He currently functions as Chairman of the Board for 2010.
Welcomes is active as a senior facilitator for the IAAO and has worked as an instructor and consultant for the Valuations Offices in London, England and the Valuations Lands Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His community contributions comprise: Chairman of the "Jazz in the Woods" concert (annual free event and fundraiser) and President of the Leawood South Homes Association. He is a member of the Overland Park South Rotary Club and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
Prior to being appointed in 1991 as County Appraiser of Johnson County, from 1980 until 1990 Welcome worked in the valuation field in Austin and Abilene, Texas as Deputy Chief Appraiser, Fee Appraiser, Associate Director for Valuations, and Administrator of Appraisal Services.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. After achieving a Masters degree in Business Administration, Welcome entered the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft commander.