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Chris Burgess

Office: Walton County Property Appraiser
Party Affiliation: Republican
City: Defuniak Springs
State: Florida

I was raised in beautiful DeFuniak Springs and spent the majority of my life watching my parents serve the public in various capacities. This inspired my love of community! In 2004, I graduated from Walton High School and began my search for the perfect service role for myself. I joined the Walton County Property Appraiser’s team in 2006 and began serving the community. During my fourteen-year tenure with the Walton County Property Appraiser’s Office, I have served as a Field Appraiser I, Field Appraiser II, and, currently, as a Residential Appraiser I. I have continued my education with the International Association of Assessing Officers throughout my career and became a Certified Florida Evaluator in 2013.
In March of 2011, I married my best friend, Heather, and gained my precious first daughter, Rhiannon. In 2013, we received another blessing when our second daughter, Charlee, was born. Heather and I established our family home in DeFuniak Springs and have fallen deeper in love with the community as we’ve raised our girls here. Through the journey of raising our children, I have had the wonderful opportunity to connect with the people of Walton County in many ways including serving as a softball coach for the DeFuniak Springs Little League from 2015-2017. This grew my love of community even more and established my desire to serve the citizens of this county. However, the most important role in my life has been for my family and I to be active members of the Freeport Campus of Destiny Worship Center where I currently serve as the high school boys’ youth leader. I have a passion for mission work and have participated in local and international missions that include trips to Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. I also helped found the local mission small group, 2Serve, to help the less fortunate in our community with immediate needs such as home repair and improvement. I have also recently become a part of Purpose One:27 which is a service organization that supports local foster families. Reaching out to others with a helping hand brings me great joy!
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my family and cooking for them, as well as mountain biking, distance and obstacle running, and CrossFit training.
I am a man with a servant’s heart. If elected as Walton County Property Appraiser, the citizens of Walton County will get a servant leader who places integrity and servitude above all else.