The Honorable Rick Singh brings a rich and extensive level of experience to the role of Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA). Almost 20 years ago, Mr. Singh became a field appraiser for OCPA where he worked his way up through the ranks of the agency, and in 1999 he 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 Mr. Singh’s first priorities after being sworn in on January 13, 2013, was to ensure 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 done more quickly and efficiently in the field.
During Mr. Singh’s first year in office, OCPA returned more than $51 million to the Orange County tax base by vigorously pursuing fraudulent claims through improved compliance investigation work. Between Homestead fraud and Tangible Personal Property audits, more than $152 million dollars has been given back to Orange County taxpayers as of January 2015. That number continues to grow.
His vision to make OCPA more customer-focused and user-friendly is also evident. Delivering essential services faster, increasing efficiency to save taxpayers money, and updating maps and records are among the many improvements the office has undertaken. Mr. Singh values full transparency, citizen feedback and has adopted an open-door policy. This all means better service delivered at lower costs to residents of Orange County.
Mr. Singh is a State-Certified Real Estate Broker and a State-Certified Residential Appraiser with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 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 OCPA, he assessed thousands of properties and defended the office’s position on assessments at the Value Adjustment Board.
Mr. Singh also successfully completed more than 100 hours of professional appraisal courses with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and earned both the Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) and Certified Florida Evaluator (CFE) designations from the Florida Department of Revenue. He is qualified in a wide range of valuation applications, including financial reporting, tax compliance, corporate finance, restructurings and litigation support. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to begin a real estate company and his own appraisal firm. During that time, he hired, trained, managed and reviewed numerous appraisers, brokers, and sales agents.
A proud veteran, Mr. Singh is honored to serve Orange County residents, just as he is honored to have served our country. After graduating from high school from the prestigious Aviation High School in New York, 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. Mr. Singh was honorably discharged in 1986.
Having made Orlando his home for more than 25 years, Mr. Singh is active in the community and holds memberships in several organizations. He serves on the boards of the American Lung Association and SHARES International of the Florida Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the IAAO and also serves in an executive advisory role to the non-profit Florida Diversity Inc.
He 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.