Dallas County Treasurer Darrell Bauman announced today in a press release that he will not be seeking re-election and will retire Dec. 31 of this year. He plans on spending more time with his children and grandchildren as well as traveling the U.S. and the world.

"I have enjoyed my position very much, have been blessed with a great staff, and received great support from the residents of Dallas County," he said. "I will miss my staff, and the many people I have worked with and waited on these past years, but I also look forward to the opportunities that await me in retirement. Thank you, Dallas County."

Bauman was elected November 1996 after working in the banking industry for 18 years. During that time there were two offices, Tax and Motor Vehicle, which had two computers that were used very little and each office used large, tax list books. Duplicate tax statements and motor vehicle records were kept in file drawers.

Later in 2000, a Driver’s License Station was added to the Motor Vehicle Office, open to the public five days a week, and staffed with two full-time employees and two part-time employees. There were 8,232 licenses issued that first year.

Currently, every employee has a computer at their desk, and their counters operate under updated software systems for motor vehicle, tax, and driver’s licenses. Customers can access their website for information, obtain forms, pay taxes and pay for motor vehicle registrations online. The department now also accepts credit and debit cards.

During Bauman’s first years in office (1996-97), $175,706 was raised in the Motor Vehicle Department, 48,389 registrations and 25,079 parcels were issued, and $56,786,182 was managed. During the 2012-13, numbers increased dramatically to $615,984 in Motor Vehicle dollars, 91,074 registrations issued, 23,211 driver’s licenses issues, 40,069 parcels issued, and $194,167,378 dollars managed.