Taylor County Chief Appraiser Richard Petree said he will leave his position with the county after 37 years.
Petree graduated from Cooper High School and remained in Abilene to complete his undergraduate studies at McMurry University.
Petree started his career at West Texas Utilities in 1970 working in Industrial Development. He left WTU and was elected County Tax Assessor Collector in 1976. Petree is the first Taylor County chief appraiser. He will officially step down at the end of the year and his successor will be named in September.
Petree has been a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers since 1981. In 2010 he was awarded Member of the Year for IAAO. He has also been a member of the Texas Association of Assessing Officers since 1977 and a member of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts since 1982, where he has served in all office positions.
Outside of work, Petree is a licensed United Methodist minister and serves small Methodist churches in West Texas for the past 20 years. He is currently pastor of Nolan and Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Churches. He has been a member of the boards of Rotary International, the Kiwanis Club of Abilene, United Way of Abilene, Sears Retirements Systems, Inc., and Butman Methodist Camp and Retreat Center.
Petree is married to Cammie, the head volleyball coach and instructor for McMurry University. He has six children.