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Deputy tax collector files to run for Pinellas County Tax Collector

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Charles Thomas, Pinellas County’s chief deputy tax collector, has filed to run for tax collector in the November 2016 election.

“I will continue to offer excellent customer service meeting our customer’s needs now and building for the future,” Thomas said in a prepared statement Monday.

Charles has served as Chief Deputy Tax Collector since November 2000. He has been the driving force behind the organization’s efforts for improvement, resulting in the office’s award of the Governor’s 2013 Sterling Award for performance excellence.

Thomas says he fully intends to continue to refine efficiencies while improving customer service if elected tax collector. He is supported by the current Tax Collector Diane Nelson.

Before joining the tax collector team, Thomas was the program manager for Gordon-Darby Inc. where he was responsible for the operation of 11 locations that generated $14 million in annual revenue. He was also responsible for maintaining the company’s $5 million annual budget and served as the organizations’ government relations’ liaison. Charles understands the importance of efficiency while providing excellent customer service.

Thomas served in the Air Force four years. He worked in avionics maintenance of F-15 fighters. In addition to work, Charles is the proud father of two children, grandfather of one, and devoted husband of 36 years to his wife, Patti. He is a longtime resident of Pinellas County and says he is proud to call it home.

Thomas added that he takes pride in the Pinellas County Tax Collector Office’s dedication to “customer-focused excellence” and looks forward to continuing to serve the residents of Pinellas County.

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