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John Mitchael Drew

A lifelong resident of Nassau County, John Drew earned his MBA and Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University. He has served honorably as our Tax Collector since 2006.

"Nassau County has given so much to me and to my family over the generations, and it has been a tradition for us to give back,” says Drew, the son of the late Mary Tom Drew a schoolteacher, and the late Joe Drew, a mill worker. John is married to Dr. Catherine Hardee Drew and they are the proud parents of Joseph Hardee Drew (an eighth generation citizen of Nassau County.) “The people of this community - my teachers, congregation, and neighbors - helped raise and educate me, as they continue to do for children today. I saw an opportunity to use that education and implement positive changes by bringing together technology and congenial customer service. We want to ensure our office works in a way that is consistently efficient, ethical, and effective."

The Nassau County Tax Collector’s Office has increased efficiency at its four locations by cross-training staff members to process all transaction types. The unique training program creates a “one-stop shopping” experience in which all services can be performed by one staff person and paid by the customer in one transaction. Drew proclaimed, “It is because of the aptitude, ability, and determination of our exemplary staff that makes this possible!”

For seven straight years, Drew’s team has earned an audit report free of any findings and has received the statewide Excellence in Financial Operations Award five years in a row. “With a smaller staff, it is important for us to be innovative when it comes to the very important task of segregation of duties,” Drew said. “I am proud of our audit reports and the work done at every level of our office. In a Tax Collector’s Office, team members at every level deal with public funds. Their diligence and resourcefulness helped build the processes that enabled the office to win so many statewide awards.”

For Drew, it is an honor to continue to serve the people who make Nassau County their home: “It is such a great mix in terms of local history and heritage combining with people from around the nation who choose to relocate their families here. I am honored to serve as their elected Tax Collector."

John's Current Service Affiliations

  • Legislative Policy Chairman, Gubernatorial Appointee, Northeast Florida Regional Council
  • Legislative Committee, National Association of County Treasurers, Collectors and Finance Officers
  • Vice Chairman, Nassau County Republican Party
  • Nassau County Republican Party Precinct Committeeman (18 Years)
  • Nassau County’s ADA Advisory Committee
  • Ordained Elder in the First Presbyterian Church

John's Past Affiliations

  • President of the Florida Tax Collectors, Inc.
  • President of Nassau County Volunteer Center
  • Chairman of the Amelia Island Montessori School Board of Directors
  • President of the Fernandina Beach Optimist Club
  • President of Nassau Friends of Scouting
  • President of the Nassau County Young Republicans
  • Past Master of Amelia Masonic Lodge
  • President Florida Psychological & Associated Healthcare
  • Chairman of the Board of the Florida Tax Collector’s Service Corporation
  • President, Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility
  • First Vice-President of the Fernandina Beach Shrine Club
  • Secretary, Micah's Place Board of Directors
  • Treasurer, Florida Fixed Income Trust
  • Deacon, First Presbyterian Church
  • Director, First Federal Bank of Florida Advisory Board
  • Representative of Jacksonville University's Alumni Board of Governors
  • Trustee, Fernandina Beach Police and Fire Pension Plan Board
  • Ambassador, Morocco Shriners
  • Ambassador, AIFBY Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Board Member, Nassau County Republican Party
  • Founder of the Nassau County Teen-Age Republicans (1989)

John's Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Elected Official, AIFBY Chamber of Commerce (voted by all Nassau Elected Officials)
  • Greater Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, Exemplary Volunteer Achievement Award
  • Presidential Distinguished Service Award, Jacksonville University
  • Only Honorary Member of both the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters in Nassau County
  • "Scott Amos Alumni of Distinction”, Jacksonville University
  • Advisor of the Year, University of North Florida
  • “Standing Tall” Award, Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Order of the Dolphin, Jacksonville University
  • Baccalaureate Speaker, Jacksonville University
  • “80 Dolphins You Should Know”, Jacksonville University
  • Order of Green Key - Honorary Leadership Society, Jacksonville University

Duties and Responsibilites

Since its creation 187 years ago, the office of Tax Collector has grown in scope and in responsibility. In 1885, when the office was created by the Florida Constitution, the primary responsibility of the job was the collection of property taxes. As a state constitutional officer, the Tax Collector is elected to four year terms.

In addition to collecting property taxes, today’s Tax Collectors also represent several state agencies, including: the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles; the Division of Driver Licenses; and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

Not only are Florida Tax Collectors charged with collecting property taxes and other revenues, they are also required to invest the public funds pending their timely distribution to local, regional, and state governmental entities.

The Tax Collector operates as a "fee officer" in which a fee or commission is earned for services rendered. These fees and commissions are outlined in the Florida Statutes.

The office’s annual budget is approved by the Florida Department of Revenue. At the end of the fiscal year, unspent fees earned above and beyond the cost to operate the office are remitted to each local government agency in the same proportion as they were paid.