Rick Singh is the first state certified appraiser to ever be elected as the Orange County Florida Property Appraiser. Almost 20 years ago, 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 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 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 $550 million dollars has been given back to Orange County taxpayers as of July 2016. 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 electronically updating maps and records are among the many improvements the office has undertaken. 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.
Singh is both a licensed 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.
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, Singh is honored to serve Orange County residents, just as he is honored to have served the United States. 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. Singh was honorably discharged in 1986.
Having made Orlando, Florida his home for more than 25 years, Singh is active in the community and holds memberships in several organizations. He serves on the boards of the American Lung Association, Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council, SHARES International Florida Hospital Fund, and is on the Advisory Board of the World Affairs Council of Central Florida.
Singh is a member of the Rotary Club of Orlando, the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Orlando Economic Development Foundation, the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the IAAO.
Singh is also the honorary chairperson for the non-profit organization Florida Diversity Inc. For the last three years he has been the host for the annual Mahatma Gandhi breakfast that honors community leaders for outstanding service. Singh himself was given another prestigious accolade, the distinguished US Senator Bill Nelson award for public service.
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.