About

The Florida Association for Constitutional Officers (FACO) was created in 2016 to represent the interests and protect the independence of clerks of court, comptrollers, property appraisers, sheriffs, supervisors of elections and tax collectors across Florida through advocacy, education and litigation support.

FACO’s general purpose for which it is organized includes:

  • Provide a not-for-profit, public purpose organization to serve as an instrumentality of, and an agent for, elected or appointed county constitutional officers in the State of Florida, as described in Article VIII, Section 1(d) of the Florida Constitution; and
  • Provide a non-political, non-partisan organization to aid and assist county constitutional officers in the State of Florida in carrying out their public purpose and functions; and
  • Advocate for and protect the independence of county constitutional officers in accordance with the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes; and
  • Work in cooperation with public officials, public organizations, private citizens and private organizations at the national, state and local levels to stimulate and encourage the development of dialog and programs in furtherance of FACO’s mission.

Board Members

Hon. Scott Randolph, President

Scott Randolph was elected Orange County Tax Collector in November 2012 and reelected in 2016. Prior to becoming the Orange County Tax Collector, Mr. Randolph represented Orange County residents in the Florida Legislature where he served as a senior member on the Finance and Tax Committee. As an attorney, Mr. Randolph brings extensive experience in state and local tax policy to the Orange County Tax Collector’s office.

In the five years that Mr. Randolph has served as Tax Collector, he’s implemented new technologies to improve customer service, streamlined the Office’s budget, returned millions of dollars back to taxpayers and fought to protect small businesses, churches and non-profits from unfair tax penalties.

Mr. Randolph’s top priority is to serve Orange County taxpayers and customers. He continues to focus on providing faster, more efficient customer service by embracing new technology to improve customer interactions with our offices — and it’s working. The Florida Department of Revenue ranks the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office as the third most efficient tax collector office in Florida.

Hon. Akin Akinyemi, Treasurer

Leon County Property Appraiser, Akin Akinyemi, was elected in November 2016. As the Property Appraiser, he oversees the state mandated responsibilities of the office including managing and certifying property values and exemptions for over 108,000 parcels, which total close to $28 billion in just value and $16 billion in taxable value annually. Akin has been an active member of the Leon County community for more than 30 years and comes from the closely related fields of architecture and urban planning.

In addition, during his time as a Leon County Commissioner he served as the chair of the Value Adjustment Board (VAB). He also served as Leon County Commissioner for four years (2008-2012). During his time as commissioner, he served as Chairman from 2011 to 2012 and led on a platform of economic viability, open and accountable government and environmental sustainability.

Hon. Bob Henriquez, Secretary

Bob is a 5th generation Floridian, born & raised in Tampa. Guided by working-class parents devoted to him & his 3 siblings, Bob has been driven by a desire to help those around him. He built the foundation for that goal by achieving academic success at Tampa Catholic High & Princeton University. At both schools, Bob learned the importance of teamwork as a starting offensive lineman on the football squads.

Soon after graduating from Princeton, Bob went to work for Hillsborough County’s Streets & Addresses department to help enhance its 9-1-1 program. In 1998, Bob was elected to the Florida Legislature as a State Representative. After two terms in office, Bob was appointed to head up the Pinellas & Pasco counties division of the Department of Children and Families. Bob also served as head football coach at Tampa Catholic from 1990-99 & again from 2005-2012.

After winning the election of Hillsborough County Property Appraiser in 2012, Bob made the decision to step down as head coach at TC in order to focus his energies on the constitutional responsibilities of his office. He now leads a new "team" with his same ambitions: to serve the public with fairness, professionalism & humility.

Hon. Amy Mercado, Director

Amy Mercado was elected to the office of Orange County Property Appraiser in November 2020. She is an effective, trustworthy, results-oriented business leader with vast experience including operations, budget management, team leadership, and public policy. In 2016, she was elected as a State Representative for Florida House District 48 and was subsequently re-elected in 2018, serving on a wide array of committees including as the ranking member on the important Ways & Means Committee.

Most recently, Amy served as the Director of Operations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Mango Board, where she was responsible for managing a multi-million-dollar budget, overseeing a multinational board, reputation and crisis management, organizational leadership, vendor procurement, compliance and human resources.

Amy earned her Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from American Intercontinental University.

Amy is of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in the Bronx, New York; she has called Orange County home since 1996.

Founders

Hon. Jerry Demings, Former Orange County Sheriff

Jerry Demings has nearly 40 years of competent, drama-free leadership as a public servant in Orange County. According to Orlando Magazine, he has ranked in the top 10 of the most influential persons in government within the region for the last several years. Jerry is committed to smart growth, sustaining livable neighborhoods, business and job growth and forming partnerships to improve our education system. You can count on him to work with the community in developing solutions to social problems and other concerns like traffic congestion. Jerry currently serves as Mayor of Orange County, Florida.

Hon. Rick Singh, Orange County Appraiser

Rick Singh is the first state-certified appraiser ever elected as Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA). He was first voted into office in 2012 and subsequently re-elected in 2016. Almost 20 years ago, Singh became a field appraiser for OCPA where he worked his way through the ranks of the agency, and in 1999 he became a State-Certified Residential Appraiser. The hands-on experience he gained proved invaluable as he now oversees the operations and growth of this busy office.

One of Singh’s first priorities after taking office was to ensure agency efficiency. He did this by leveraging new innovations in technology, and because of that, property appraisal assessments are now more accurate. Singh also uses mobile technology to ensure that real-time property assessment is done efficiently in the field.

Hon. Scott Randolph, Orange County Tax Collector

Scott Randolph was elected Orange County Tax Collector in November 2012 and reelected in 2016. Prior to becoming the Orange County Tax Collector, Mr. Randolph represented Orange County residents in the Florida Legislature where he served as a senior member on the Finance and Tax Committee. As an attorney, Mr. Randolph brings extensive experience in state and local tax policy to the Orange County Tax Collector’s office.

In the five years that Mr. Randolph has served as Tax Collector, he’s implemented new technologies to improve customer service, streamlined the Office’s budget, returned millions of dollars back to taxpayers and fought to protect small businesses, churches and non-profits from unfair tax penalties.

Mr. Randolph’s top priority is to serve Orange County taxpayers and customers. He continues to focus on providing faster, more efficient customer service by embracing new technology to improve customer interactions with our offices — and it’s working. The Florida Department of Revenue ranks the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office as the third most efficient tax collector office in Florida.