Without the support of the governments of Hillsborough County and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our government partners play a vital role in helping us support local businesses and attracting businesses to Hillsborough County.
Honorable Jane Castor
Jane Castor is the 59th Mayor of the City of Tampa. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, graduated from Chamberlain High and attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship.
Mayor Castor is a 31-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department serving in nearly every capacity of the department and every area of the city. In October 2009, Mayor Castor became the first woman to be named Police Chief in the City of Tampa, serving for six years in that role. During her time as a senior staff member, Mayor Castor worked to reduce major crimes 70% citywide.
Mayor Castor continues to be very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Gracepoint Mental Health and Wellness; Starting Right, Now; RISE Tampa Police Foundation; Bike Walk Tampa Bay; and The Athena Society. She also serves on the GTE Financial Supervisory Committee and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Police Foundation Fellow.
On a national and local level, Mayor Castor has been recognized for her leadership in both law enforcement and community involvement. She is the proud recipient of numerous awards including the 2015 University of South Florida President’s Distinguished Citizen Award, 2015 Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Tampa Chamber of Commerce Woman of Influence, Leadership Tampa Alumni Parke Wright III Leadership Award, 2014 Florida Holocaust Museum Lobenberg Humanitarian Award, 2013 Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Community Advocate Award, 2011 Tampa Connection Betty Tribble Citizen of the Year Award, 2010 University of Tampa Alumni Achievement Award, 2009 National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executive’s Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award, 2007 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award for Community Engagement, and a 2006 University of Tampa Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
Jane Castor is a proud Seminole Heights resident where she raised her two sons, Sergei and Seely.
Lesley “Les” Miller
Chair, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Les Miller was elected to represent District 3 in 2010. Miller previously served as a member of the Florida Senate from 2000-2006 and a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1992-2000. During his time in the Florida Legislature, he served as the Minority Leader for both the House and the Senate. He also was appointed to the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission from 2007-2008 and as a member of the Florida Board of Regents from 1977-1979.
Miller also previously served as Associate Vice President and Dean for Students for the University of South Florida, and as the manager of Minority Business Development and Governmental Relations for Tampa General Hospital.
Miller has been recognized over the years by many organizations and has received the Florida Education Association President’s Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service Robert W. Saunders Awards for Efforts to Promote Civil Rights, the University of South Florida President’s Distinguished Citizen Award, the Early Learning Coalition Legislative Excellence Award, Florida League of Cities Legislative Award, and the Florida Housing Coalition Legislative Award.
Honorable Rick Lott
Serving his fourth term as mayor, Mayor Rick Lott previously served in the role from 2007-2009. He has also served multiple terms as a City Commissioner and on several boards and commissions, including the High Speed Rail Commission and the Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force. In addition to his role as a community leader, he serves as CEO of Zeno Office Solutions and is the co-owner at Zymphony Technology Solutions.
Honorable Mel Jurado
A Temple Terrace resident for more than 25 years, Mayor Mel Jurado has been active in many state and local service organizations including the Greater Federated Women’s Club of Temple Terrace and American Cancer Society Temple Terrace Relay for Life. She was twice named a finalist for Temple Terrace Citizen of the Year by the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Jurado was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2011 to head the Florida Office of Early Learning and served as the agency’s statewide director for more than a year before returning to her practice. She also has served on the Hillsborough County’s Community Action Board and was chosen by Florida Governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist to serve as chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.
Mayor Jurado is committed to employing her skills from the private and public sectors to promote positive economic development city-wide and especially in the Temple Terrace redevelopment area.
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