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 and 2019. 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. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Florida Tax Collectors Association (FTCA). He currently serves as the Chair of the Change Management Task Force and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the statewide association. He will serve as President of the FTCA in Sept 2020-Oct 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, etc. John is 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 Degree 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 Sunstate Federal Credit Union.
John lives on a small horse farm just outside of Gainesville in Melrose with his wife Linda, their daughters Sarah and Jordan when they are not away attending college, and of course, numerous animals.