New Constitutional Officers Sworn-in, Branning And Caldwell Take Office In Lee County

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 5, 2021) – There is a changing of the guard at two Lee County government offices. This morning, Noelle Branning was sworn-in as the new Lee County Tax Collector, replacing Larry Hart, while Matt Caldwell took office as Property Appraiser, replacing Ken Wilkinson. Both Hart and Wilkinson announced their retirements last year.

“Being elected to the office of tax collector is a huge honor,” said Branning. “I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning from Larry Hart, and am looking forward to ensuring the best customer experience for all of Lee County.”

Caldwell will be the first new property appraiser in Lee County in 40 years. “It is incredibly humbling to follow in the footsteps of Ken Wilkinson,” said Caldwell. “I look forward to continuing his legacy of advocating for the taxpayer and serving the citizens of Lee County just as faithfully.”

“A lot of people don’t realize the close relationship between the Tax Collector and Property Appraiser,” Branning stated. “I’m excited to work side-by-side with Matt as we look to make Lee County a better place to live and work.”

For more information on the Lee County Tax Collector, visit or contact  The Property Appraiser can be reached at, or by calling 888-721-0510.


The Lee County Tax Collector (LCTC) exists to serve the citizens of Lee County. The office takes pride in organizational excellence and offering exemplary customer service and operates by the credo of “We’ve got your back.” The LCTC operates, the official interactive website of the tax collector, which allows county residents to quickly and easily take care of motor vehicle and vessel registration, pay property taxes, make appointments for concealed weapon permits and more. The agency operates seven service centers throughout the county to provide efficient, convenient services. The LCTC works to provide innovative and quality service that supports the growth and sustainability of the community. For more information, visit or follow Lee County Tax Collector on social media.

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