Alachua County Tax Collector John Power has built his career on public service. Prior to being elected in 2014 John served as Chief Deputy Tax Collector for 14 years. John also served with the Alachua County Property Appraiser as a Senior Level Appraiser and Tax Roll Analyst. He has a combined 27 years of tax roll experience in Alachua County and insists on delivering service to the public with integrity, innovation, fiscal responsibility, and respect.
Under John’s direction as Tax Collector, his senior leadership team has adopted the Sterling Management System for Organizational Excellence. John has implemented policies and procedures which have increased efficiency within the Tax Collector organization and achieved excellent ratings for fiscal responsibility and customer service. He was awarded the Legacy Award for Financial Excellence in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The office has now received a clean audit for 19 consecutive years while processing over $330 million dollars and serving over half a million customers each and every year.
John’s leadership abilities are recognized by his colleagues & peers statewide. Over the years he has served in several roles for the Florida Tax Collectors Association (FTCA) including President of the FTCA from Sept 2020-Sept 2021.
John is actively involved in the Gainesville/Alachua County community, leading the Tax Collector office staff’s participation in community efforts such as fundraising and advocacy for charitable organizations including United Way, Strike Out Hunger, Donate Life, Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, military support groups, among others. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of North Central Florida.
A Gator through and through, John is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree from the College of Business along with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. John is an accredited Certified Public Manager, a Certified Florida Collector, State Certified Appraiser, as well as a Florida Real Estate Broker. John is also a graduate of Leadership Gainesville and current Board member for Reliant Credit Union, (formerly Sunstate Federal Credit Union).
John lives on a small horse farm just outside of Gainesville in Melrose with his wife Linda and numerous animals.