In 1887, the Florida Legislature formed the
state political subdivision of Lake County from parts of Orange
and Sumter counties, and Andrew Jackson Cassady was appointed
by the Governor to be its first Tax Collector. Throughout
the history of the County, there have been only seven Tax
Following Mr. Cassady, William G. Long was appointed in 1890.
Mr. Long served until his death in 1923.
Pearl Cullen, daughter of Mr. Long, was appointed to fill
her father’s unexpired term. She held that position
until January, 1925. Ms. Cullen was the first woman in the
State to hold the position of Tax Collector, and was also
the first female Constitutional Officer in the State.
Boyce Williams was elected Tax Collector in 1924. Mr. Williams
served from January, 1925 until 1941.
Pearl Cullen continued to work in the Tax Collector’s
Office under Mr. William’s leadership. However, in 1941,
Ms. Cullen was appointed to serve as Tax Collector for a second
time. She retired from that position in July, 1959.
Paul Reed was appointed in July, 1959. Mr. Reed served as
Chief Deputy Tax Collector from 1941 until his appointment
In January, 1971, Governor Reubin Askew appointed T. Keith
Hall. Mr. Hall began his career with the Lake County Tax Collector’s
Office in August, 1963, serving as a motor vehicle clerk.
He was serving as Chief Deputy at the time of his appointment
in June, 1971.
was first elected in November, 1996, and was re-elected in
2000, unopposed in 2004 and 2008.
Died in Office