Teri Cox was elected to her first term as Douglas County Assessor in November 2006, and her second term in November 2010. She started with the Assessor’s office in 1987 on the “front line” providing customer service and answering phones. Within three months, she was moved to the mapping department, eventually supervising that department. In 1999, Teri was appointed Deputy Assessor and served in that capacity until her election in 2006.
In the past two decades, Teri has seen dramatic growth in Douglas County as it moved from a small, rural center to a vibrant community on the Front Range, taking its place as the fastest growing county in the Nation for over ten years during that time. Teri has always been a strong proponent of the innovative use of advanced technology to work more effectively, a key facet to keeping up with the exponential growth in Douglas County. Her many accomplishments in public life have included a project recognized nationally as an Exemplary System in Government by URISA; conversion to a Geographic Information System and the dissemination of assessor’s information and online services on the Internet.
Teri continually strives to stay abreast of Colorado standards in professional appraisal practices through continuing education, training, seminars and conferences. She is a Registered Appraiser and has presented and taught classes at both the Colorado State Division of Property Taxation and International Association of Assessing Officers’ forums. Teri is an active member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), Colorado Association of Tax Appraisers (CATA), International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), and was elected to the post of Secretary of the Colorado Assessor’s Association (CAA) in 2009.
Born and raised in rural Iowa, Teri received her B.S. in Education from Iowa State University. Subsequently, she and her husband Ben made their home in Colorado, moving to Douglas County in 1978 where they have raised their two sons and been active members in the community.