Brian Tiesman
Brian Tiesman
December 3, 2013

The man who will soon be Carroll County's assessor says his knowledge of the value of property has a basic root - he used to work in construction.

Brian Tiesman, who also has worked in insurance and most recently as the deputy auditor in Clinton, will start as Carroll County assessor Jan. 1.

Tiesman, 39, will make $62,000 in Carroll County. His salary in Clinton is about $53,000, Carroll County supervisors said as the approved Tiesman hire at their regular weekly meeting Monday.

Tiesman has a surveying-based degree from the Morrison Institute of Technology in Morrison, Ill., and has since taken classes to receive Iowa Certified Assessor and Residential Evaluation Specialist certifications.

He has an extensive construction background. His father, Loren Tiesman, owned a construction company, Tiesman Excavating Inc., and Brian Tiesman worked there from the age of 13 until he was 30 and running the business. He later sold it and became a project manager for a large Quad Cities construction company, where he worked on nuclear engineering construction sites.

"It all came together for this type of position," he said. "You need to know a lot about construction and how things are built to get a good value of property. You have to know how things are put together."

Tiesman has worked as the deputy assessor in Clinton for two years and lives several miles away in Albany, Ill. He will succeed Carroll County Assessor Diane Janning, who makes $61,652 and will retire at the end of the year. Janning has worked in the Carroll County Assessor's office for more than 36 years, 34 of those as assessor.

County assessors primarily appraise all real property within their jurisdiction - residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural. The property is reassessed every two years.

Tiesman was selected from three candidates interviewed by the county's examining board

"I have had numerous people tell me, 'Don't let this one get away,'" Supervisors Chairman Mark Beardmore said previously.

Tiesman's wife, Dawn, is a physical therapist assistant, and the couple have two daughters - Addison, 11, and Lauren, 4.

Tiesman said he is looking forward to a position that will give him more responsibility.

"I want to see what was laid out before with Diane (Janning) and keep things rolling as smoothly as possible," he said.