Leo Montes, assessor II
City Assessor’s Office
City Assessor Patrick Todd nominated Montes for his passion for breaking down language and cultural barriers in Minneapolis that keep people from being informed and engaged in their city and community:
“Montes is a committed Minneapolis employee who has demonstrated his commitment over the years in a variety of ways. Most recently, in August, Montes volunteered to be a guest speaker on La Raza, a Spanish language radio station based in south Minneapolis. The listeners are primarily the Latino community in the Twin Cities.
“Montes spent hours developing the best questions to inform and educate listeners during the program. He spoke for an hour with the radio host and fellow City employee Mariano Perez-Espinoza, discussing the role of the Assessor's Office, the importance of homesteading and other property tax relief programs available to homeowners and renters. Several listeners called into the program with questions for Montes, and in the weeks following, he continued to receive calls from the Latino community about the information he discussed on the radio program.
“Montes has also been a volunteer tutor at the Hennepin County Library, helping Spanish-speaking residents navigate the library system and access online education and program services.
“Montes’ leadership and initiative goes above and beyond his job expectations, and his contributions support the City’s values of equity and connectedness for all people.”
Published Nov 1, 2016