Bruce Vickers, current Osceola County tax collector, recently filed his campaign paperwork for re-election.
Vickers was elected to the position of Osceola Tax Collector in August 2016 with 62 percent of the vote. Prior to being elected, he was a 16-year veteran of the Tax Collector’s office. Vickers worked his way up through the ranks and was the director of the Tourist Development and Business Tax department before being sworn in as Tax Collector. During the last few years as tax collector, Vickers has made many upgrades in technology options and time saving efficiencies for residents, according to a press release. Most days, Vickers spends a portion of his day working alongside his staff. He invites the public to stop in, as he would welcome the opportunity to meet the constituents he serves, Vickers said.
“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for re-election as Osceola County’s tax collector. My ongoing priority as your tax collector is to identify additional services, which offer greater convenience for Osceola citizens. Regular review of best practices, organizational performance, and customer service are –and will continue to be a priority of mine.”
Vickers is a graduate of Osceola High School and also attended Florida Baptist Schools & Seminary, currently known as Emmaus Baptist College. Additionally, he is a graduate of the state Department of Revenue Tax Collector training and has received his Certified Tax Collector designation. Vickers earned an Executive Leadership Certification from the state of Florida Tax Collectors Association in connection with Valencia College and is a graduate of the 2012 Osceola Leadership program sponsored by Community Vision. He has been very active in the Florida Tourist Development Tax Association, having served as its president from 2010-11 and vice president in 2015.
Vickers was recognized by the Florida Tourist Development Tax Association with its Distinguished Service Award. He serves on the Osceola Council on Aging Board of Directors, which assists our seniors with programs such as Meals on Wheels.