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Outgoing Greene County collector shares goodbye letter

Greene County collector Leah Betts will soon resign from her position after 18 years of service...
Greene County collector Leah Betts will soon resign from her position after 18 years of service in the county.(KY3)
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:08 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Greene County Collector Leah Betts will leave office Friday.

She resigned from her position after 18 years of service in the county, citing frustration with a recent computer glitch problem as the reason behind her resignation.

Voters elected Betts to the role of collector in 2014. The position oversees more than a quarter of billion dollars in tax collections each year for distribution to more than 40 local taxing districts such as schools, municipalities and the library.

Read her letter to Greene County citizens below:

Dear Fellow Citizens,

I have cheerfully served you as the (most unconventional) Greene County Collector for the last 6 years and that is coming to a close. The decision to resign was a tough one, but it’s what I know to be right under the circumstances. Sometimes you just have to stand up and stand firm to make a point.

First, you must know that I did not resign because I think that the tax season fiasco was my fault. I know, better than anyone, that it was 100% not my fault. In fact, I tried to prevent it (and it was preventable) but was not listened to by those who had the power to take action. Secondly, I was not asked to resign (nor was it even hinted at). This was a decision I chose to make on my own because I was being prevented from doing my job in the most efficient and timely manner. If there are significant (and unnecessary) road blocks, out of my control, that keep me from doing my best - then it’s not a job for me and I’m sure you can appreciate that. Finally, please know that my staff and I worked tirelessly to make the best of the situation that was handed down to us. Because of the efforts, the statements were mailed much earlier than they would have been otherwise. It saddens me that complete story was not simply presented to you - the citizens of Greene County. I personally believe that you would have been delighted to hear the truth and would have graciously supported all the folks working hard to right the wrong.

I give you all my heartfelt thanks for your support and encouragement over the years, and especially through this hard time. It’s because of you and my amazing staff that I was able to pull myself up by my bootstraps and make it through the last several months. As promised in my resignation letter, I have stayed through the end of February to get all the statements out (all those with completed assessments by the Assessor’s office) and make a clean, smooth transition to the next Collector. It was also my personal goal to get the vast majority of issues resolved before leaving. Mission accomplished.

If you have questions regarding my resignation, please email me at questionsforLeah@gmail.com.

Surprisingly pleasant and not government-y,

Leah Betts

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