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Jefferson County, AL Assistant Tax Collector

The Assistant Tax Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes on real property, personal property, manufactured homes, automobiles, motorcycles, motor homes, trailers and airplanes. Use tax is collected on items brought to the State of Alabama by residents for first use, storage or consumption. Sales Tax is collected on casual sales of motor vehicles between individuals.The Assistant Tax Collector of Jefferson County, AL is elected for a four-year term. The jurisdiction of the office is the Bessemer Cut-off Division of Jefferson Co., AL. However, all voters in Jefferson County vote on this office, i.e. voters in both the Birmingham Division and Bessemer Cut-off Division vote on this office.

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    Delor Baumann

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    Eric Burks

Biographical Information

How has your training, professional experience, and interests prepared you to serve as Jefferson County Assistant Tax Collector?

What do you think is the greatest service the Assistant Tax Collector provides to the public?

What do you see as the greatest challenges facing the Assistant Tax Collector's office and what steps would you take to solve those challenges?

Cybersecurity is an ever-increasing threat. What steps would you take to ensure that our financial information is protected?

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Involved in Family Business for 40 years... Worked all positions from sweeping floors to mastering all positions required in business operations. Managed Business for 15 years. Served as Mayor for City of Hueytown 2004-16 . Involvement in many organizations... Hueytown Lions Club...HHS Quarterback Club ...Hueytown Beautification Board...Assistant Coach Girls Softball Allison-Bonnett Park... Served on HOA board 20 years, President 7years ... Member of Grace Lutheran Church since 1968 ... Attended Hueytown Schools, HHS 71 grad .... Attended UAB Biology Major &Criminal Justice Minor ..... I enjoy Resolving Issues and Helping Others .
Becoming Familiar with all aspects of the operation treat everyone with respect and resolve issues .
Making sure The Department is operated correctly and concern for Citizens. Keep an open mind, listen to others , evaluate issue then take appropriate action
Make sure the Computer Technology Dept for the County is On Target to Keep Firewalls etc functioning Properly. Information Security is of the Utmost Importance.
I believe that the person holding the office of Assistant Tax Collector should be qualified based on the tenets of education, experience, and community service. Educationally, I hold degrees in engineering, education, and public administration from the United States Air Force Academy, The University of Alabama, Auburn University at Montgomery, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham where I am currently a Doctoral Candidate. My experience covers over thirty-five years of managerial and leadership positions in engineering, business development, and state and local government. Most importantly, I have had the privilege of serving over ten years as the first African American Chief Deputy in the Birmingham Division of the Jefferson County Tax Collector’s Office. This position has afforded me with valuable experience and allowed me to be more than well versed in the day to day duties and operations of the Assistant Tax Collector’s office.

Having served as Chief Deputy in the Jefferson County Tax Collector’s office for over ten years, I have determined that the greatest service that the Assistant Tax Collector can offer to the public is knowledge, experience, accessibility and transparency as it relates to current property tax information. This service involves a detailed understanding of existing tax laws, customer service as well as patience when explaining property tax procedures and policies. I also feel that the Assistant Tax Collector should be accessible to the public. Regarding Community Service, I serve as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Politically, I am a member of the Jefferson County ADC, the State Democratic Executive Committee, and the Concerned Citizens of the Bessemer Cut-Off where I have been recently elected as President.

The greatest challenges that the Assistant Tax Collector faces are ensuring that staff are adequately trained and that there is an environment that lends itself to continuous process improvement. The Assistant Tax Collector must maintain a work environment where core values are reinforced and employees are motivated to become leaders through continuous training and development. As such, quality can be achieved if the Assistant Tax Collector encourages an atmosphere where both workers and management believe in achieving successful leadership within the organization.
The Jefferson County IT department endeavors to maintain client security through its online systems. As such, the Assistant Tax Collector must maintain a close working relationship with the county IT department as well as the department’s document management system provider to ensure that adequate updates and information are secured. In addition, the Assistant Tax Collector must be constantly vigilant in ensuring that office workers understand the importance of securing personal information through the appropriate storage and disposal of confidential data. As a result, customer confidentiality must be stressed at all times.