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The Dallas Morning News on John R. Ames:

“...He impresses us as competent and keener on the need to customize services to the differing needs of taxpaying entities...We expect that Mr. Ames will...make the county office even better."

Dallas Morning News
September 3, 2008


John R. Ames was elected Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector in November 2008 and began serving in January of 2009. He was re-elected in 2012. Since taking office, John has applied his outstanding experience and state-of-the-industry knowledge of tax collection to improve the efficiency of the Dallas County tax office, boost staff morale, and enhance customer service.

“A more efficient tax office means more funds for needed services such as education and healthcare," says Ames. "A more customer friendly tax office means satisfied citizens who get their statements on time, who can speak to a real person by calling us, without long wait times, and who have an overall positive experience. We are taking this office from good to great, with constant improvement.”

Ames brings outstanding qualifications to this office. Ames currently serves as an ex-officio member of the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. In 2015, he served as President of the Tax Assessor-Collector Association of Texas (TACA). He is also a member of the Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO) where he has served on various committees for both TAAO and the Institute of Certified Tax Administrators. He is a past officer of the Collin County TAAO chapter and the past president of the North Texas TAAO chapter. John is a past Board Trustee of the Texas School Assessors Association (TSAA) and a past board member of the Certified School Tax Administrators. He is a past president of the Texas Association of Municipal Tax Administrators (TAMTA) which was an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League. He is also a former voting delegate for the Property Tax Education Coalition (PTEC).


Tax Assessor/Collector Experience

  • Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector, 2009 to present
  • DeSoto Joint Tax Office Director, 2000-2008
  • City of Garland Tax Office, 1995-2000

Tax Certifications/Degree

  • Professional County Collector (TACA)
  • Registered Texas Assessor/Collector
  • Certified Tax Administrator
  • Certified School Tax Administrator
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Northwood University

Tax Related Organizations

  • Property Tax Education Coalition, Former Voting Delegate (2008-2010)
  • Texas Association of Assessing Officers, Member
  • Tax Assessor Collector Assoc. of Texas (State Board Member, 2010-2011; VP Internal, 2012; VP External, 2013; President-Elect, 2014; President, 2015)
  • Dallas Central Appraisal District (Ex-Officio Board Member, 2009 to present)
  • Institute of Certified Tax Administrators, Member
  • North Texas Chapter of Assessing Officers (Served as President in 2006)
  • Texas School Assessors Association (State Board of Trustees, 2005-2006)
  • Texas Association of Municipal Tax Administrators (President, 2006-2008)
  • DFW TACA Region Tax Assessor of the Year Award Nominee (2013, 2014, 2015)

Community Involvement

  • Married, Former Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent
  • Dallas County Resident for over 38 years
  • DeSoto Lions Club (President, 2005; Lion of the Year, 2004)
  • DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, Former Member
  • Leadership Southwest Graduate
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