Rick Singh brings to the role as Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) a rich and extensive level of experience. Almost 20 years ago, Rick went to work as a field appraiser for OCPA where he worked his way up the ranks and in 1999, became a State Certified Residential Appraiser. The hands on experience he gained proved invaluable as he now oversees the operations and growth of this busy office.
One of Rick’s first priorities after being sworn in on January 13, 2013, was to ensure full transparency and efficiency. Using the integration of new technologies and innovations, property appraisal assessments are now more accurate. Thanks to mobile technology, real time property assessment is being done quickly and efficiently in the field.
In Rick’s first six months in office, OCPA has granted more Homestead exemptions than all of last year, and generated about a million dollars in revenue by recovering money from false claims.
His vision to make OCPA more customer and user friendly is also evident. Delivering essential services faster, increasing efficiency to save taxpayers money, and updating maps and records are all taking place right now. Rick values citizen feedback and has adopted an open door policy. This all means better, faster service delivered at lower costs to residents of Orange County.
Rick is a real estate broker and a State Certified residential appraiser and his extensive experience in real estate, government and civic activities is a perfect fit for his duties as Orange County Property Appraiser. During his early years with the OCPA, he assessed thousands of properties and defended the county’s position on assessments at the Value Adjustment Board. Rick also successfully completed over 100 hours of International Association of Assessing Officer (IAAO) professional appraisal courses, and earned both the Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) and Certified Florida Evaluator (CFE) from the State of Florida's Department of Revenue. He is qualified in a wide range of valuation applications, including financial reporting, tax compliance, corporate finance, restructurings, and litigation support. Rick also owned his own appraisal firm and started a real-estate company. During this time, he hired, trained, managed, and reviewed numerous appraisers, brokers, and sales agents.
A proud veteran, Rick is honored to serve Orange County Residents, just as he is honored to have served our country. After graduating from high school with honors from the prestigious Aviation High School with an Airframe Certificate, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Mechanized. There he worked on Helicopter Armament Subsystems, including tactical devices and hardware for weapons like machine guns, grenade launchers, auto-cannons, and rockets. Rick was honorably discharged in 1986 with the rank of Specialist 4.
Rick and his wife Debbie, a nurse, are very proud of their two children, who both attended the University of Central Florida. The Singh family enjoys their time together as well as volunteering in the community.