Charles W. Thomas is sworn in as Pinellas County’s new Tax Collector

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, JANUARY 4, 2017 – Charles W. Thomas was sworn in as Pinellas County’s new Tax Collector on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, by Judge Myriam Irizarry. “It is my supreme honor to take the oath of office to serve as Pinellas County’s next Tax Collector,” said Charles W. Thomas. “I have worked as Diane Nelson’s Chief Deputy Tax Collector for the last 16 years. During that time, I learned the integral role public servants play in the health of our community. I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding team at the Tax Collector’s office to provide excellent customer service to the residents of Pinellas County each and every day.”

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.


ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award and the 2016 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award for performance excellence. For more information visit