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Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Earns Certification

Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber is one of the first in the state to earn the advanced certification of Professional County Assessor-Collector.

“We want to run the best tax office in the state of Texas,” Barber said. “That’s our goal.”

His profession has two basic certifications – Professional County Collector and County Tax Office Professional. Barber holds both of those designations and was one of the first Tax Assessor-Collectors to be awarded the advanced certification earlier this month, after two years of training. The four, four-hour classes focus on leadership, team building, Texas lawmaking and security.

Barber and six others were awarded with the new designation at a conference in Waco two weeks ago.

“I have put in the work to get as much education as I can,” Barber said. He has three employees who currently hold certifications and two more working to earn their certifications.

“We want to have the best educated office we can have,” Barber said. “We want to stay on top of new legislation and new practices so we can operate our office the most efficient way possible.”

County Administrator Leonardo Brown said Barber goes above and beyond the required continuing education in his field, and continues to push the boundaries.

“We are blessed to have an employee like Gary Barber,” Commissioner JoAnn Hampton said. “He’s an excellent elected official.”

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