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