Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Richard Watson as the Franklin County tax collector.

Watson, 69, of St George Island, was sworn in at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the main courtroom by County Judge Van Russell.

Watson owns and operates Richard Watson, LLC and is a realtor with Century 21 Collins Realty Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and his law degree from Emory University.

Watson fills a vacancy created April 3 by the resignation of James Harris Jr., He will serve a term beginning April 10, and ending Nov. 13, 2018.