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Eric T. Zwayer is a third generation Highlands County resident, graduating from Sebring High School in 1999. While at Sebring High, Eric was a stand-out student athlete. He maintained over a 4.0 GPA and earned All State honors in basketball his Junior and Senior year. The dedication in the classroom and on the basketball court paid off as Eric earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Richmond. While at Richmond, Eric was able to earn his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Related Studies, and also helped lead his team to nearly 100 wins and 4 post season appearances during his career.

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Eric was elected Tax Collector for Highlands County during a special election in 2010.  Since his election, and subsequent re-election in 2012, the office has added many services including Driver’s Licenses, Birth Certificates, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, and Concealed Weapons Licenses.  Also under his leadership, the office has received excellence in financial operations every year since 2011.  Eric’s leadership and dedication to his profession was also recognized by his peers.  He was elected by fellow Tax Collectors to serve on the Florida Tax Collector’s Executive Committee, and will be sworn in as the Association’s President in September 2015.

Before taking over as Highlands County Tax Collector, Eric’s government leadership experience included serving as the Director of Administration for former Clerk of Courts, L.E. “Luke” Brooker, and current Clerk of Courts, Robert W. Germaine. In his role as Director of Administration, he directed Court Operations, Human Resources/Personnel, Jury Management, and Financial Reporting to the state.

Community Service

Outside of the office, Eric is an active community leader serving at his church and many other local civic organizations and is a current or past member of the following:

  • President, Florida Tax Collector’s Association
  • Member, Bible Fellowship Church
  • Member, 4-H Foundation
  • Member, Highlands Youth Academy Advisory Board
  • Member, Sebring Fireman Inc.
  • Member, Heartland Young Professionals
  • Member, Sebring Sunrise Rotary
  • Mentor, Take Stock in Children
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers-Big Sisters
  • Coach- Highlands County Youth Sports
  • Former Vice President, Leadership Highlands, Class of 2009
  • Former Mentor/Coach, Upward Basketball
  • Former Board Member and President, Highlands County YMCA


In July of 2003, Eric married the love of his life (and high school sweetheart), formerly Amy Roberts of Sebring. They have four children Molly Jane, Grant, Winston, and the newest addition to their family, Samantha Kate, born in April of 2015.  Eric and his family reside in Sebring.

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