David LaRosa and Joe Tucker could hardly have become tax collectors under more different circumstances.
...LaRosa had served on the Harrison County Board of Supervisors for more than 10 years when incumbent Tax Collector Ernest Batey decided not to seek re-election in 1999.
decided to make a run for the office as a Republican.
It wasn't until a day after the election, when affidavit ballots were counted, that LaRosa
slipped past Stoffregen with 50.2 percent of the more than 34,700 votes cast.
Since then, candidates have not lined up to challenge LaRosa
, probably because LaRosa has made the lines at the tax collector's offices in Biloxi and Gulfport all but disappear.And when a line does form, it moves expeditiously.
Compared to LaRosa
, Tucker was welcomed into the Jackson County
tax collector's office with open arms by the retiring incumbent.
Tucker readily admits to seeking out advice from LaRosa
agrees with LaRosa
that employees in their offices should be considered deputy tax collectors, not merely clerks at a counter.LaRosa
impressed us early in his
tenure as tax collector.As we observed seven years ago: Tax Collector David LaRosa has made the office more efficient and less costly.
By cross-training staff, computerizing records, promptly depositing tax payments and other innovations, the Harrison County
tax collector's office is saving taxpayers time and money.