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Assessor Tanya R. Giddings has dedicated her time in the Assessor’s Office to the fair and equitable assessment of all properties throughout Bernalillo County.

Tanya GiddingsAssessor Giddings has established quality control measures to ensure the most-up-to date information and valuations are recorded for all properties throughout the county. Under her administration, her top priority has been instilling confidence and trust in the Assessor’s Office; as well as enhancing public education, communication, and transparency.

She has initiated more public outreach through community meetings aimed at sharing information with property owners, including veterans and seniors that qualify for property tax exemptions or valuation caps. She has also worked to ensure that the Assessor's Office is focused on providing a high level of customer service to Bernalillo County residents.

Assessor Giddings was unanimously appointed by the Bernalillo County Commission in January, 2013 to fill the unexpired term when the position became vacant. A fourth generation New Mexican, Assessor Giddings won her first general election in November, 2014 and will serve a four-year term.

Deputy Assessor Damian R. Lara

Deputy Assessor Damian Lara

Damian R. Lara has roots in Southeastern New Mexico, and has lived in Bernalillo County for over a decade.  He received a B.A. in political science and in philosophy from Brown University in 2001 and a JD from the University of New Mexico in 2007.  While at UNM, Mr. Lara’s moot court team brought a Hispanic National Bar Association national championship trophy to UNM in 2006.  He became a State Certified Appraiser in 2015. He was appointed as Deputy Assessor in 2013.

Immediately prior to becoming the Deputy Assessor for Bernalillo County, Mr. Lara practiced as a Staff Attorney II at the New Mexico Legislative Council Service (LCS). He served as the lead staff for the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee, Indian Affairs Committee and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. 

Mr. Lara drafted House Bill 641, the compromise budget bill for the 2013 session, as well as the Senate Amendments that were adopted in the last hours of the 2013 session.  Mr. Lara specialized in tax legislation, particularly the Property Tax Code.  Mr. Lara also drafted many of the 2013 amendments to the Property Tax Code that the Assessor’s Office is responsible for implementing.

From 2001 until 2003, he worked for the United States House of Representatives’ Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where he focused on federal and international legislation that disproportionately impacted Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico.  Mr. Lara has also practiced as an attorney with the non-profit Enlace Comunitario, where he provided legal representation to Hispanic immigrant victims of domestic violence and advised the organization on effecting policy and legislation to eliminate domestic violence.

Mr. Lara also volunteers his time with the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. He is the current NMHBA treasurer.  He is a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and financial planning for the NMHBA.  As treasurer, he helps continue the organization’s strong fiscal accountability and management. He is also a board member of the Bernalillo County Juvenile Justice Continuum Board.

Deputy Assessor Michelle L. Aguilar

Deputy Assessor Michelle L. Aguilar​Deputy Assessor Michelle L. Aguilar is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. She attended Central New Mexico Community College, and is a proud graduate of Albuquerque High School.

Michelle has dedicated her career to public service. She has more than 20 years of experience working with the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office. She brings a wealth of experience in Human Resources to the Deputy Assessor position.

Working her way up the ranks within Bernalillo County over the last 20 years has given Michelle rich historical knowledge of the inner workings of both the county and the Assessor’s Office. Prior to becoming the Deputy Assessor, Michelle was an Administrative Officer III at the Bernalillo County Assessor’s office.

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