Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg recruits 2 big guns in continuing push to maximize a return on revenue investments & to enhance community good will

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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

LAKE MARY, Fla – From his vantage point, first-term Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg is keenly aware there are Far too many politicians throughout the Sunshine State and across the country at all levels of government that are all too eager to eager to fade into the background soon after they're elected, realizing promises made on the campaign trail are not so easily doable.

Either because they don't have the stomach to challenge the status quo on the inside or like so many before them, they never had a strategy worked out to get the job done.

After all, why rock the boat when the built-in bureaucracy of entrenched and handsomely-paid senior managers, budget specialists, accountants, planners, staff attorneys and PR flaks, are adept at making a priority appear, well, less of a priority.

Green isn't one of these politicians. He's proven that time and again since he won election in his maiden run for political office in 2016. 

So it should come as no surprise that the Seminole County tax collector on Feb. 13 announced the hirings of Michelle Ertel, as public affairs director and Samuel Armes, as blockchain and legislative affairs Director. Ertel is being paid $42,000 and Ames, $31,000.

“We are excited to welcome Michelle and Samuel to the team and look forward to working with these two dedicated and talented individuals to make sure our office continues to reach far into our community so we can continue to serve Seminole County’s residents,” Greenberg told Headline Surfer. 

“We are excited to welcome Michelle and Samuel to the team and look forward to working with these two dedicated and talented individuals to make sure our office continues to reach far into our community so we can continue to serve Seminole County’s residents,” Greenberg told Headline Surfer. 

Both Ertel and Armes have solid ties to several state and local officials, having worked with legislative leaders and various state agencies in recent years.

Michelle Ertel, a communications specialist, is a political commentator, former group newspaper founder, and a former journalist. Ertel's husband, Michael Ertel, the former longtime Seminole County supervisor of elections, resigned as secretary of state under Gov. Ron DeSantis within a month of hois appointment by Gov.Ron DeSantis when a photo of him dressed in blackface years earlier surfaced.

Armes has an extensive background in blockchain and government spaces and did research for US Special Operations Command and for the Department of State on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He also founded the Florida Blockchain Business Association and is a Blockspaces member.

This is the first government position anywhere in the United States specifically created to advance blockchain initiatives on the county and state level. The goal of the position is to ensure Florida remains a friendly state for blockchain innovation while also overseeing the implementation of countywide blockchain projects.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.