Von Fraser, who has served as Alachua County’s Tax Collector for 33 years, died early Thursday morning at the age of 76 after an extended illness.
Assistant Tax Collector John Power will act as Chief Deputy until the November election, unless Gov. Rick Scott appoints a replacement before that time, according to tax collector spokesperson Brittany Bassler.
Fraser, who was born in Doerun, Ga., attended the University of Florida where he received his bachelor of science in business administration in Accounting in 1969. He went on to receive his masters of public administration from the University of North Florida in 1992.
Fraser began working as Alachua’s Assistant Tax Collector in 1981, where he worked until he was elected tax collector in November 2000.
As tax collector, Fraser ushered many technological advances and provided full taxpayer services at all three locations. He successfully assumed the issuance of the driver license from the state of Florida, according to a press release from Faser’s office.
“We are honoring Von by keeping our doors open and serving the citizens of Alachua County with exceptional customer service,” said Jon Costabile, executive director of finance the release. “That is exactly what Von would want from us.”
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