Santa Rosa County Tax Collector Stan Nichols is one of only a few of Florida’s 67 tax collectors to earn a designation for excellence in the field of financial operations.

A judging panel named by the Florida Tax Collectors Association performed a detailed review of the tax collector’s financial records, practices and use of technology in considering Nichols for the honor.

The Excellence in Financial Operations Award is one of the highest achievements the Florida Tax Collector’s Association can award a local tax collector. The judging process included a detailed review of the financial functions of the Santa Rosa Tax Collector’s Office.

To be considered for the award, Nichols’ office was required to demonstrate proficiency in four areas of expertise: innovation and automation, a perfect annual audit report, customer focus and budgeting.

“I’m very proud of our staff for winning this very prestigious award, and for also achieving a perfect audit every single year since taking office in 2009,” said Nichols.