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Charles Thomas files to run to succeed his boss as Pinellas Tax Collector



When Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson announced her retirement in late March, her chief deputy said he'd run in the hopes of filling her shoes.

Charles W. Thomas filed election paperwork Friday, making him the first to announce an official bid for the position.

 Thomas, 58, said in a previous Tampa Bay Times story that he wants to continue focusing on customer service and cultivating longterm employees in an office with high turnover.

"He will make a fine tax collector," Nelson told the Times. "We have created a road map on where we want to take this organization, and I'm extremely pleased to say that where I've left off, he will pick it up."Thomas, a Republican, has worked under Nelson since her election in 2000. He lives in Palm Harbor with his wife, Patti.

[Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2016 2:56pm]


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