Decatur Township Assessor

About Our Philosophy and Staff

Our top priorities will always be:

1) To administer accurate, fair and uniform property assessments and

2) To provide high quality and friendly customer service for the taxpayers of Decatur Township.

We will make every effort to provide information you need related to your property assessment. You are welcome to contact us in person at the Decatur Township Assessor’s Office (1620 S. Taylorville Rd, Decatur), call us at (217) 428-3479, email us at, or use this website. We welcome the opportunity to serve you!


Our staff includes Certified Illinois Assessment Officials (C.I.A.O.), many of whom have extensive experience in the field of property assessment and have a unique understanding of the real estate market conditions within Decatur Township. Market conditions ultimately determine the value of your property, and our staff is committed to making sure that your assessment is both fair and equitable.

Chief Deputy Assessor, Sherry Padgett, C.I.A.O.  Sherry holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and in addition to her assessing duties, Sherry is the liaison between the assessment software designers and our office. Her other responsibilities include computer maintenance and support; maintaining and updating our website; preparing and updating data into a useable form for the Assessor and staff to analyze; and HR duties. Additionally, Sherry is a Notary Public..

Senior Deputy Assessor, Karen Mowry, C.I.A.O.  Karen started her assessing career over 35 years ago and has been with the Township Assessor’s Office for 20 years. Karen’s specialty is residential assessing. She is also responsible for property record card maintenance, appeal work, and helping our residents with the soft appeal process. She has 785 hours of continuing education hours. Karen is also a Notary Public.

Senior Deputy Assessor, Judy Love, C.I.A.O.  Judy has 20 years of assessing experience. Judy is responsible for residential & commercial property assessing and mapping. She began her assessing career in 1996 and moved into her position in the Township Assessor’s Office in 2000. Judy has 557 hours of continuing education to her credit.

Senior Deputy Assessor, Shardee’ Pugh, C.I.A.O. Shardee‘ has been with the Township Assessor’s Office for 6 years, and is responsible for residential & commercial property assessing and appeal work. Additionally, she is an expert with drawings in our Visual PAMSPro system. She has 135 hours of continuing education to her credit.

Senior Deputy Field Assessor, Shaun McFadden and Deputy Field Assessor, Montario Hawkins are responsible for traveling out into the township to validate information on our Property Record Cards, taking current photos of all property, and confirming permit work. They also update sketches and information in our Visual PAMSPro system.

Deputy Assessor/Analyst Ryan Sampson is our statistician. Ryan uses our mapping program in tandem with Visual PAMSPro to analyze assessment data for Decatur Township. He is responsible for maintaining permits as well as all the sales records in Visual PAMSPro for transactions within the township.




The Decatur Township Assessment Staff

Our commitment to you and your needs is our primary function !