First elected in 2012, Bruce Elfant is the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. He previously served 20 years as a county constable.
Elfant focuses on customer service, including the expansion and upgrade of online services for customer convenience; assisting property owners with tax payment plans; and initiating public outreach campaigns for consumer education and protection.
A native Texan, Elfant is passionate about citizens participating in civic engagement. He works tirelessly on voter outreach, training volunteer deputy registrars to register voters, advocating for online voter registration, speaking out for voting rights and reminding county residents it is their patriotic duty to vote.
Travis County has the distinction of having the highest voter registration rate among Texas’ urban counties.
When he was Travis County Constable of Precinct 5, Elfant helped to establish Veterans Court, which places veterans into recovery programs instead of jail, and an all-volunteer parking monitor force that reports vehicle owners who illegally park in spaces for persons with disabilities.
Elfant has won numerous awards for his civic and community service, including:
- 2020 PACESetter Award by the national Property Assessed Clean Energy Nation (PACEnation)
- 2017 Tax Assessor-Collector of the Year by the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas.
- Elected Official of the Year and recipient of the Public Innovation Award from the Central Texas Society of Professional Administrators
- Constable of the Year by the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas
- Best Practice Award: Exceptional Delivery of Services by the Texas Association of Counties
- Person of the Year by the Women’s Advocacy Project
- Partnership Award from the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities
Elfant is modest about his accolades, preferring to praise others. “It’s not about me,” is one of his favorite sayings.