Charles W. Thomas, CFC, Pinellas County Tax Collector
Charles W. Thomas served as Pinellas County’s Chief Deputy Tax Collector for 16 years before becoming Tax Collector in 2017. He was the driving force behind the organization’s efforts for continuous improvement, which resulted in the office’s award of the prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award in 2013 and the Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award in 2016, Florida’s top honors for performance excellence.
Before joining the Pinellas County Tax Collector team, Mr. Thomas was the Program Manager for Gordon-Darby, Inc. where he was responsible for the operation of 11 emissions testing centers. Before Gordon-Darby, Mr. Thomas served in the United States Air Force. He worked in avionics maintenance of F15s.
Mr. Thomas is currently Board Chairman of the Pinellas Federal Credit Union, a board member of the Florida Sterling Council, and a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
In addition to work, Mr. Thomas is the proud father of two children, grandfather of one, and devoted husband of 36 years to his lovely wife, Patti. He is a longtime resident of Pinellas County and is proud to call it home. Mr. Thomas takes pride in the Pinellas County Tax Collector Office’s dedication to “customer-focused excellence” and is honored to serve the residents of Pinellas County.