ST. FRANCISVILLE — Pledging to continue modernizing his office and the services it provides, Randy Ritchie is a candidate for re-election as assessor of West Feliciana Parish in the Oct. 22 primary election.

Ritchie, 60, has worked in the Assessor’s Office since 2000, and is now serving his second term.

He is married to the former Linda Morris and has four daughters and 10 grandchildren.

A 1969 St. Francisville High School graduate, Ritchie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has credit for continuing education, including 317 hours in real and personal property appraisal.

Ritchie, a Democrat, said that to accomplish fair and equitable treatment of property owners, he has gotten 50 percent of his office staff certified through the Louisiana Assessors Association and new employees are required to become certified.

Through active field work, the office has data on almost every building in the parish and keeps records of all land sales.

“My goal was to have an efficient office. One way to do this was to eliminate the paper in the office. All documents have been scanned into our assessment software, and we maintain this process with all new records,” Ritchie said.

Through an arrangement with the clerk of court, the Assessor’s Office has electronic access to public conveyance records, which “has saved our taxpayers considerable sums of money,” he said.

From the office’s workstations, employees may access information on each parcel of land, including a basic footprint of all structures and photos of its perimeter.

“When we attend classes with other jurisdictions, both in state and out of state, many have remarked how advanced our office procedures are,” Ritchie said.

Ritchie began using a web-based program to access parcel maps through a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Police Jury, Communications District and the Assessor’s Office.

“I have installed public terminals for taxpayers, abstractors, appraisers, and others who would need to access this information, and my office staff is available to assist anyone who is unfamiliar with computer use or our digital system,” Ritchie said.

“With the opening of the John James Audubon Bridge and the four-lane completion of Highway 61, many people feel West Feliciana Parish will experience growth and expansion. My office is prepared to meet that growth as it occurs,” he said.

Ritchie is opposed by Hamilton Willis.