On September 21, 2016, Thomson Reuters awarded Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates with the 2016 Thomson Reuters Public Sector Champion Award for Excellence in Office Leadership. The Public Sector Champion Award spotlight those who serve their community with excellence, leadership and accountability.
Ford-Coates was selected from 1,000+ Thomson Reuters government customers worldwide, and recognized for her 40 years of service in Sarasota County Tax Collector's office, 30 of them as the Tax Collector, and her leadership in the implementation of the county’s Aumentum project which will eliminate duplication and ensure a more efficient taxpaying process.
“The winners of the Public Sector Champion Awards have used technology and effective strategies to provide the most comprehensive, and citizen-friendly service,” said Joe Jackson, managing director for the Tax and Accounting business of Thomson Reuters. “We are proud to honor these leaders as they continue to achieve the gold standard of public service.”