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Executive Leaders


Assistant Tax Collector & Chief Financial Officer
Randy Hunt

Randy joined the Tax Collector's Office in September 1991. Randy directs leadership in the areas of Finance & Accounting and Human Resources, as well as Special Projects. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Randy was a Partner with Nunez, Collins and Touchton, CPA's serving as partner in charge of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners' audit. Randy previously held the position of Chief Deputy, Senior Director, and Finance Director in the Tax Collector's Office. Randy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Florida. Randy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: RandyHunt@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4738

Chief Deputy Tax Collector & Chief Administrative Officer
Christopher C. Rudolph Jr.

Christopher joined the Tax Collector's Office in December 1996. Christopher directs leadership in the areas of Taxes, Quality Assurance, Knowledge Management, and Administrative Resources. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Christopher served as Senior Legislative Assistant in the State Representative Office of Joe G. Tedder and, prior to that, served as Licensing Administrator for the Board for Contractors in the Virginia Department of Commerce. Christopher previously held the position of Senior Director in the Tax Collector's Office. Christopher has a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida. Christopher is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), a Certified Business Tax Official (CBTO), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: ChrisRudolph@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4749

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Chief Information Officer
Terri-Anne Crawford

Terri-Anne joined the Tax Collector's Office in February 2012. Terri-Anne directs leadership in the areas of Information Technologies Support Services, Application Development and Project Management. Prior to becoming Chief Information Officer in 2014, Terri-Anne was a Director in the Tax Collector's Office. Before joining the Tax Collector’s Office, Terri-Anne was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Franwell, Inc. and, prior to that, was a Business IT Manager for Publix Super Markets. Terri-Anne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern College, is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: Terri-AnneCrawford@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4744

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Chief Operations Officer
Chris Jaramillo

Chris joined the Tax Collector's Office in December 2010. Chris provides leadership in the Service Center Operations. Previously, Chris held the position of Director and Manager in the Tax Collector's Office. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Chris was Revenue Verification Manager for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Chris has a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Texas. Chris is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Business Tax Official (CBTO), a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: ChrisJaramillo@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4727

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Chief Tax Officer
Teri Anderson

Teri joined the Tax Collector's Office in July 1981. Teri provides leadership in the area of Tax Programs, Technical Processing, and Enforcement & Security. Previously, Teri held the position of Director, Manager, Supervisor, and Staff Member in the Tax Collector's Office. Teri is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training, is a Certified Florida Collector's Assistant (CFCA), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: TeriAnderson@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4747

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Leaders


Director of Finance & Accounting
Ruth Teate

Ruth joined the Tax Collector's Office in March 1997. Ruth provides leadership in the Finance & Accounting Department which processes records and distributes revenue collected on behalf of other entities to appropriate taxing authorities, prepares and files annual financial reports, monitors funds received to ensure that they are collected in accordance with Florida Statutes and applicable state departmental regulations, policies and procedures, as well as county ordinances, and coordinates banking activities, including the electronic transfer of funds and the investment of surplus funds. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Ruth served in the Clerk of Court's Office and, prior to that, was Director of Finance for Public Health Trust/Polk General Hospital. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting from the University of South Florida. Ruth is also a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA) and Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: RuthTeate@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4718

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Director of Human Resources
Lisa Harder

Lisa joined the Tax Collector's Office in August 2011. Lisa provides leadership in the Human Resources Department which develops policy and directs and coordinates human resource activities such as employment, compensation, labor relations, benefits, training and employee services. Lisa also oversees the administration and development of office knowledge, including the instruction of educational and training programs for staff. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Lisa was a Teacher with Polk County Schools. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master's degree in Reading Education, both from the University of South Florida. Lisa is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), Certified Public Manager (CPM) and a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA).

Email: LisaHarder@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4705

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Public Engagement Officer
Martha Roe Burke

Martha joined the Tax Collector's Office in March 2005. Martha provides leadership in public engagement, which includes making sure the Tax Collector Office has a systematic approach to organizational performance, accountability, and change management initiatives. Martha serves as the organization’s Records Management Liaison Officer and also oversees internal and external communication strategies, including educational outreach and awareness, such as the Kids Tag Art program and Tourist Development Academy events. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Martha worked in the agricultural sciences field, serving as Vice President/Director of Processed Marketing for William G. Roe & Company, and, prior to that, owned and managed Ceres 2000, Inc., a commercial plant tissue culture laboratory. Martha also served on the Florida Citrus Commission as Vice Chairman. Martha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida State University. Martha is a Certified Florida Collector's Assistant (CFCA), Certified Public Records Management Liaison Officer (CPRMLO), Certified Public Manager (CPM), and a Senior Examiner with the Florida Sterling Council.

Email: MarthaBurke@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4722

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Enforcement & Security Director
Artis Dukes

Artis joined the Tax Collector's Office in September 2002. Artis provides leadership in the Enforcement & Security Department which oversees the collection of delinquent taxes in the areas of tangible personal property taxes (including mobile home compliance), county local business taxes, and tourist development taxes. Artis also is responsible for overseeing security, safety and facility concerns at the Tax Collector's Office. Before joining the Tax Collector's Office, Artis was Senior Manager/COA Support Services for Marriott Vacation Club International Mortgage Bank. Artis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Artis is also a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), a Certified Business Tax Official (CBTO), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: ArtisDukes@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863) 534-4743

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Bartow Service Center Manager
Julie Daniels

Julie joined the Tax Collector's Office in September 1997. Julie provides leadership in the Bartow Service Center which includes the processing and collection of funds for motor vehicle title and registration transactions, property taxes, county local business taxes,driving licensings, and hunting and fishing licensing. Previously Julie served as the Assistant Manager in the Lakeland office. Julie is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA) and Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: JulieSimon@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)534-4712

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Lake Wales Service Center Manager
Sherry Baker

Sherry joined the Tax Collector's Office in February 1999. Sherry provides leadership in the Lake Wales Service Center which includes the processing and collection of funds for motor vehicle title and registration transactions, property taxes, county local business taxes, driver licensing, and hunting and fishing licensing. Previously, Sherry served as the Manager in the Lakeland Service Center and before that, as Manager in the Bartow Service Center. Sherry is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training, is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: SherryBaker@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)678-4296

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Lakeland Service Center Manager
Tracy Davis

Tracy joined the Tax Collector's Office in January of 2000. Tracy provides leadership in the Lakeland Service Center which includes the processing and collection of funds for motor vehicle title and registration transactions, property taxes,driver licensing, county local business taxes, driver licensing and hunting and fishing licensing. Previously, Tracy served as the manager of the Lake Wales Service Center,and before that, she served as the Assistant Manager in the Lakeland Service Center and a Supervisor in the Bartow Service Center. Tracy is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and is a Certified Public Supervisor (CPS), is actively pursuing Certified Public Manager (CPM) endorsement.

Email: TracyDavis@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)802-6120

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North Ridge Service Center Manager
Gail Stace

Gail joined the Tax Collector's Office in August 1994. Gail provides leadership in the Haines North Ridge Center which includes the processing and collection of funds for motor vehicle title and registration transactions, property taxes, county local business taxes,driving licensing, and hunting and fishing licensing. Gail also oversees hunting and fishing licensing administration for the Tax Collector's Office. Previously, Gail served as the Assistant Manager in the North Ridge office. Gail is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA) and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: GailStace@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)581-8026

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Technical Processing Center Manager
Loretta Krause

Loretta joined the Tax Collector's Office in November 1997. Loretta provides leadership in the Technical Processing Department which includes the processing of customer payments received by the Tax Collector's Office via mail and online services, as well the utility payment processing. Loretta also oversees customer mail and email service operations, office supply inventories, and the transport of items between offices. Previously, Loretta served as Accountant/Payroll Specialist in the Human Resources Department. Loretta has an Associate in Arts degree from Polk State College. Loretta is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training, and is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: LorettaKrause@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)534-4713

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Tax Programs Manager
Margaret Bolden

Margaret joined the Tax Collector's Office in June 1977. Margaret assists in providing leadership for the Tax Programs Department which includes the administration and collection of current and delinquent ad valorem real estate property taxes and non-ad valorem assessments, as well as installments, partial payments, deferrals, tax certificates, and tax deed applications. Margaret provides additional oversight in the administration and collection of current tangible personal property taxes, county local business taxes and tourist development taxes. Margaret also serves as liaison to the Property Appraiser's Office. Prior to early 2010, Margaret served in various roles involving property tax administration through early 2010, including Supervisor and Staff Member. Margaret is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA), and Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: MargaretBolden@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)534-4709

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Information Technologies Support Services Manager
Chris Rose

Chris joined the Tax Collector's Office in November 1999. Chris provides leadership in the Information Technologies Support Services Department for local and wide-area networks, communication systems, system security, and disaster recovery. Chris also oversees network administration and desktop support staff, as well as all networking and hardware projects, and is involved in the development of Department budgeting. Chris has a Comp TIA A+ Certification, Lefthand San Certification, and is a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: ChrisRose@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)534-4706

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Information Technologies Application Development Manager
Tim Murphy

Tim joined the Tax Collector's Office in May 2005.Tim provides leadership in the Information Technologies Application Development Department.Tim oversees the application development, and support staff responsible for analysis, design, development and database administration. Tim also leads testing and implementation of business applications software, both in-house developed and vendor supported. Before joining the Tax Collector’s Office, Tim was a programmer for Florida Distillers, and before that, Tim served in the United States Marine Corps. Tim has a Bachelor’s of Science from Everest University and is a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Email: TimMurphy@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)534-4746

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Project Manager
Brandi Haney

Brandi joined the Tax Collector’s Office in August 2015. Brandi provides leadership in Project Management which includes portfolio management, budget management, resource management and coordination, vendor management, and process improvement for the organization’s IT, operational and strategic projects. Before joining the Tax Collector’s Office, Brandi was a Project Manager for Unify Inc. in their Operations and Managed Services Divisions. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida, is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMI-PMP), and holds an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification.

Email: BrandiHaney@PolkTaxes.com | Telephone: (863)534-4710

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