Gilchrist County tax collector steps down for personal reasons

GILCHRIST COUNTY, Fla (WCJB) -- In a Facebook post Wednesday, Barbara Merritt announced her retirement and resignation as tax collector for the county.

Merritt says because of personal reasons, she feels she just isn't able to fulfill her duties anymore.

Assistant tax collector, Terry Trail, will take over temporarily until governor Ron DeSantis makes an official appointment.

Merritt has spent 42 years working in tax collector offices across the state and has been serving as tax collector for Gilchrist County since 2012.