CURRICULUM VITAE OF LEON COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER
Leon County Property Appraiser, Akin Akinyemi, was elected in November 2016 following the retirement of Bert Hartsfield who served the office since November 1992. As the Property Appraiser, he will oversee the state mandated responsibilities of the office including managing and certifying property values and exemptions for over 108,000 parcels, which total close to $26 billion in just value and $15 billion in taxable value annually. Akin has been an active member of the Leon County community for more than 30 years, and comes from the closely related fields of architecture and urban planning. In addition, during his time as a Leon County Commissioner he served as the chair of the Value Adjustment Board (VAB). Akin is married to Elvira; together they have three children and four grandchildren.
Currently, Akin is in the final stages of earning his doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Studies at Florida State University (FSU). In 1988, he earned his Master of Architecture from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). Prior to attending graduate school at FAMU, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture & Housing Development from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Lagos.
Prior to becoming the Property Appraiser, Akin ran a successful, regional architecture firm for over 20 years with offices in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. He also served as Leon County Commissioner for four years (2008-2012). During his time as commissioner, he served as Chairman from 2011 to 2012 and led on a platform of economic viability, open and accountable government and environmental sustainability. Before running for office, he tirelessly served non-profit organizations, the business community, Leon County students, veterans and those with a commitment to the environment. These experiences provided him an opportunity to better understand issues facing the citizens of Leon County, and his past work reflects his love and dedication to the local community.
Increasing Job Creation & Workforce Development through Viability - Under the leadership of Akin, the Commission looked at new and innovative ways to create jobs in Leon County. In the months leading up to Akin becoming Chairman in 2011, county leadership began hosting meetings with local business leaders to discuss topics related to coping during tough economic times, how this affects the creation of jobs, and what Leon County government could do to help create more jobs and grow businesses. Akin and his fellow commissioners streamlined the permitting process, improved transportation around the airport and promoted cooperation between the public and private sectors. Akin continued to encourage better growth management practices and strengthened ties between non-profit organizations, government and the private sector.
Accountable and Accessible Government - As a Commissioner, one of Akin’s top priorities was an open door policy that keeps all Leon County citizens informed about what he and his fellow commissioners were doing as their elected officials. This policy ensured that, as the “People’s Commissioner,” his actions demonstrated the values and roles of an accountable official, one who strives to provide fairness and opportunity for all. In addition to Akin’s open door policy, under his leadership and suggestion, county officials created the Citizens Engagement Series which gives citizens an opportunity to gain insight into how decisions are made at the county level. Similar to the town hall meetings and workshops Akin held to inform Leon County residents about county business, the engagement series allows citizens to become more informed and involved. This Engagement Series led to the revamping of Leon County’s website making it more user-friendly which resulted in a national award.
Responsibility for a More Sustainable Environment - Akin Akinyemi’s lifelong career in environmental sciences, planning and sustainable community development provided him the unique opportunity to make responsible decisions as a commissioner. In just his first three years, Akin led efforts to expand plastic recycling and exploration of renewable energy at the County’s Solid Waste Facility. He remains a constant advocate for increasing sustainable practices and large scale renewable energy production. Akin has demonstrated his commitment to the environment as the founding sponsor of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Akin Akinyemi is a strong advocate for community involvement and service. He has served or is currently serving on the following boards and committees; additionally he has received the following awards and honors:
Boards and Committees
- President, Brehon Family Services
- Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2011 Advance County Commissioner Certification
- FAC, Co-chair of the Health and Human Services Committee
- National Association of Counties (NACo), Member of the select committee on Environment, Energy and Land Use
- Member, Sunrise Rotary Club
- Board Member, Goodwill Industries
- Board Member, Dick Howser Center
- Chair, Service Corps of Retired Employees (SCORE)
- Silver Life Member, NAACP
- Member, American Institute of Architects
- Member, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
- Sponsor, U.S. Green Building Council – Florida Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-FCRC)
- Member/DAC Rep., Chile’s High School, Student Advisory Council (SAC)
- Member/Secretary-Treasurer, Leon County Schools, District Advisory Council (DAC)
- Board Member, Ability First's High School/High-tech
- Member, Construction Specification Institute
- Co-Chair, FAMU School of Architecture Alumni Network
- Elder Care
- Habitat for Humanity
- Covenant Partners
- Crop Walk
- Turkey Trot
- Relay for Life
- Heart of the Earth
- Keep Tallahassee Leon County Beautiful
- Cattle Baron Ball
- Mentoring at Killearn Lakes Elementary, Riley Elementary and Nims Middle School
Awards and Honors
- 2011 Florida Association of Counties President’s Advocacy Award
- 2010 C.K. Steele Honoree
- 2005 Historic Preservation Award for the U.S. Courthouse Restoration
- 2001 FAMU/SBA Small Business Person of the Year
- 2001 Jacksonville MedWeek Professional Service Firm-of-the-Year
- 1994 FAMU/SBA Small Business Award