Greene County Collector Leah Betts has submitted her resignation effective at the end of February.
“It is with great sadness that I am resigning as I have thoroughly enjoyed making a difference in our community during my days at the County,” Betts said in a statement. “During my time in office, I have succeeded at giving a government office a personal touch, as well as enhanced many efficiencies and procedures. My office has won a couple of notable customer service awards in the last few years and it also received a flawless audit from the recent state audit. It is important that citizens know that I strategically chose the timing of my last day to get through and tackle the most challenging tasks presented during this tax season. One of my goals will be to make the best transition possible to the newly appointed Collector for the good of the citizens of the County.”
Betts spent 18 years working for the county. She started in a temp position at the Collector’s office before moving to a full-time job. She was elected to the Collector position in 2014, and ran unopposed for reelection in 2018.
Betts has been under fire for problems in the mailing of county personal property tax bills. A conflict in computer software between the Collector’s office and Assessor’s Office has caused bills to be delayed in some cases 6 weeks or more.
“We wish Leah all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for her dedication to the citizens of Greene County,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said in a statement. “She is to be commended for her tireless efforts to provide top quality customer service to those who interact with the Greene County Collector’s Office and we further thank her for working to complete this year’s cycle of tax statements.”
Governor Parson will have to fill the position through an appointment.