Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak announced that Commercial analyst Elly Drake has earned the Certified Illinois Assessor Officer (CIAO) designation. Administered by the Illinois Property Assessment Institute, the CIAO designation requires 90 hours of classroom instruction and a passing grade in each class. Drake has been a member of Commissioner Patlak’s staff since December of 2010.
Drake holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Loyola University and is a part-time, evening student at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Drake is fluent in Spanish, Greek and French, using her language skills to assist non-English speaking taxpayers file their appeals at the Board of Review.
“We are very happy that Elly invested the time and money necessary to earn the CIAO designation,” said Commissioner Dan Patlak. “One of my campaign promises was to improve the professional qualifications of our Board analysts. That’s why we have worked with the IPAI and IDOR to conduct four of their classes right here at the Board of Review. Over the next several years we expect many of our analysts to earn the CIAO designation as well.”
Commercial/Industrial Analyst Doug LaSota from Patlak’s staff, also recently obtained his CAIO designation.