Kootenai County Assessor Tom Moore left a legacy of public service that colleagues hope to carry on, friends and co-workers said Thursday.
“In a time when it’s popular to mistrust government … Tom epitomized the good things about government,” County Commissioner Dick Compton said at Moore’s funeral Thursday.
Nearly 200 people poured into the First Assembly of God church on 7th Street Thursday to say farewell to Moore, who died Tuesday after a year-long bout with cancer. He was 65.
Deputy Assessor Mike McDowell, who worked alongside Moore for nearly two decades, told the gathering that Moore had many accomplishments of which to be proud. He put together his office’s first employee handbook and enhanced the county’s auto-licensing division while cutting the number of employees.
But perhaps the four-term assessor’s greatest professional achievement, McDowell said, was that “he was able to instill a general spirit of public service to his staff.”
Moore encouraged employees to treat people with respect and give them the benefit of the doubt. He eliminated once high turnover and built a tightknit office by showing real interest in his employees.
“He said ‘I don’t want to run a Burger King,”’ said appraisal chief Greg Cade. “I want to get to know these people.”
Moore played the role of a patriarch, always supporting his staff, asking about workers’ families at meetings and joining them on social outings. He served as elder statesman on a staff golf team, and rarely missed their Thursday outings.
“He loved to talk about the game and he loved to compete,” said appraiser Darin Krier. “And he always had a joke or two.”
Moore was buried at Forest Cemetery on Government Way.
The assessor’s office, and the county’s two auto-licensing offices, were closed Thursday in his memory.