Katie Molinder is a Republican candidate running to bring a fresh and fiscally responsible approach to the Hancock County Assessor’s Office. A hardworking Hancock County native, Katie cares deeply about her community.
Katie is currently the Chief Deputy for the Tippecanoe County Assessor. She has helped to end the outsourcing of work at this Assessor’s Office. By hiring local employees, she saved Tippecanoe County over a million dollars. In Hancock County, Katie will make assessment local again, eliminating the allocation of county tax dollars to a government contractor and their expensive data systems while creating new jobs for residents.
Katie lives with her husband, Chad and their two sons, Mathew (4) and William (18 months), in New Palestine. Katie and Chad are high school sweet hearts. Katie graduated from New Palestine High School in 2004, while Chad graduated from Greenfield-Central High School in 2004. After graduation, Chad joined the United States Marine Corps, and Katie accompanied him to bases around the country for ten years. But Katie and Chad always knew they wanted to raise their family in Hancock County. Chad now works for Target and also serves as an Infantry Officer with Bravo Company 1st Battalion 24th Marines in Terre Haute. Mathew is in preschool at New Palestine Elementary while William enjoys keeping his parents on their toes with his tenacious personality.
Katie’s friends will tell you that Katie has long felt drawn to assist others who need a helping hand. She majored in “Youth, Adult and Family Services” at Purdue University (BA 2007) and received a Master’s in “Public Administration” from Indiana University. While at Purdue University, she volunteered at the Lafayette Crisis Center. On the road with Chad at various duty stations, Katie remained active in the local community. At Quantico Station in Virginia, Katie volunteered as the fundraiser for the Quantico Officer’s Spouses’ Organization, raising more than $30,000 for scholarships for military youth.
Katie began her career in public service in 2009. At that time, Chad was completing the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), and she worked part-time at the Tippecanoe County Assessor’s office. Katie thrived on the everyday challenge of determining the fair market value of property for the people served by the assessor’s office of Tippecanoe County. She worked hard to move from part-time data collection to a Residential Deputy and onto the Field Staff Supervisor, which was her position when the Marine Corps moved Chad to Quantico Station in Virginia.
When the Molinder family returned to New Palestine in 2014, Katie resumed her work with the local government. She worked first in Hancock County for the Department of Child Services. There, she wrote a grant for Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton to create a Victim Assistance Program in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office. Katie went on to serve as Prosecutor Eaton’s Victim Assistance Coordinator, writing another grant that would bring a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Special Prosecutor to Hancock County. Recently, Katie secured a grant for the Cumberland Police Department to purchase body worn cameras. Katie is also a founding member of the Hancock County Exchange Club, which supports activities that benefit youth, promotes pride in our country, and honors military and public service providers.
Katie is passionate about bringing her expertise in assessment to the community she cherishes. Our houses should be assessed by a team who appreciates them as the places where we raise our families and embark upon our dreams. With years of administration and community service under her belt, Katie believes she can ensure that the property value of our homes is properly calculated…and at a more economical rate for our county than presently done. Katie Molinder embodies the bold, perceptive, practical and energetic leadership necessary to keep our growing community moving forward.