Let’s get to know Boone County Assessor Kenny Mohr
Job description: As the Boone County assessor, it is my responsibility to assess all real and personal property for Boone County.
Professional background: I began working in the Boone County assessor’s office in 1989 as a real estate appraiser. In 1993, I obtained my Missouri State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser License. In 2007, I went to work for Central Bank of Boone County as their internal appraisal manager. In 2009, I returned to the Boone County assessor’s office as chief appraiser. In 2020, I was elected to be the Boone County assessor. I received my bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Agriculture.
Hometown: I am a home-grown Boone County citizen.
Years lived in Columbia: 57
Favorite volunteer/community activity: I enjoy volunteering for Scouting USA (formerly Boy Scouts of America). The committee positions I hold enable me to see the positive effect scouting has on the scouts and leaders individually and as groups.
Quote you live by: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
Favorite recent project: My recent personal project has been designing my mancave. Thanks to Rex Crane of River Oak Homes, for sharing my vision and making it possible.
Why you are passionate about your job: As the assessor I get to interact with a large portion of the Boone County community.
Why you are passionate about your company: Boone County government is a great organization full of dedicated, hard-working people who really care about serving the citizens of Boone County.
If you weren’t doing this for a living, you would: I would be seeking out a beach somewhere, especially in the winter months.
What people should know about your profession: I work diligently to uphold my oath of office and simultaneously keep assessments as fair and equitable as possible. Furthermore, I work diligently with state legislatures to be a voice and advocate for the citizens of Boone County.
The next challenge facing your industry: The challenge I face as the assessor is in realizing increases in property values, both real and personal property, can become a hardship for the citizens of Boone County. I believe that in the future there will need to be other funding mechanisms developed to offset the increases and help relieve the hardship.
A Columbia business person you admire and why: Robert Palmer, RN, and owner of Palmer’s Home Care. Robert is an entrepreneur who built his business from the ground up with strong business ethics and integrity. He is passionate about providing for individuals who have mental and physical disabilities. Because of his passion, Palmer’s Home Care has many residential and day programs where they offer meaningful activities to promote the highest quality of life possible to ensure growth and development for meeting individual objectives and life skills.
Your next professional goal: To try and improve the efficiency of the assessor’s office by implementing new software systems that are customized to the needs of the office and citizens.
Biggest lesson learned in business: Be objective. Being objective is to view the whole picture; this allows for all the small parts to come together as one.
Greatest Strength: I believe my strength is in listening to people and understanding their points of view.
Greatest Weakness: I feel that my weakness is when I am unable to help someone due to state statutes.
What you do for fun: Travel, play games, attend Missouri Tiger basketball games, and spend time with my family.
Family: My wife, Becky, and I have a daughter, Kara; a son, Bryan; two very active grandchildren, Abbigail and Hunter; and daughter-in-law, Amanda.
Favorite place in Columbia: The Flat Branch Brewery patio where I like to relax and enjoy good food.
Accomplishment you are most proud of: Raising my children and seeing them succeed in their lives.
Most people don’t know that: While growing up in Boone County, my family showed cattle at both the Boone County and State fairs. We also cured and showed country hams at the Boone County Fair. Today my family continues the tradition of curing hams for friends and family.