Meet the Clerk

Paula S. O'Neil


Paula S. O'Neil, Ph.D.        

Elected in 2008 by the voters of Pasco County, Florida, Paula O'Neil became the seventh person and first female to serve as Clerk of Circuit Court & County Comptroller in Pasco County’s history. Prior to serving as a constitutional officer, Paula worked in various capacities in Pasco County government for over 27 years, dedicated to excellence in government. With a continual desire to mentor and teach, Paula also serves as an adjunct professor for Saint Leo University in the MBA Program.

Dr. O'Neil holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, and is a Certified Public Manager, University of South Florida Executive Fellow, Leadership Pasco Alumnus, and Florida Sterling Examiner.

Paula serves on the Board of Directors for Florida West Coast Credit Union, Pasco Safety Town, Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, and the Clerk of Courts Operations Corporation. She serves in advisory capacities for Pasco-Hernando State College, Rasmussen College, and Saint Leo University. Paula was the 2010 and 2011 Chair for the Pasco County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and is immediate Past President of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers. She is an Honorary Board Member for the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and member of the Rotary Club of Seven Springs, Chambers of Commerce, East Pasco Conservative Club, and Lake Jovita Business Women.

Paula and her office have been recognized with the following awards:
  • 2014, 2013, 2012 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – Gov't Finance Officers Association of U.S. & Canada (GFOA)
  • 2013 Lady Justice Award – West Pasco Legal Support Specialists
  • 2011, 2010, 2009…1983 – Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting - GFOA
  • 2012 Government Service Award - West Pasco Board of Realtors
  • 2012 Achievement Award – Customer Call Center – National Association of Counties (NACO)
  • 2011 Outstanding Public Servant – West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010 Justice Award – West Pasco Bar Association
  • 2010 Business Woman of the Year for Government – Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • 2010 Achievement Award – Electronic Foreclosure Sales – NACO
  • 2010 Achievement Award – Integrated Management Operating System – NACO
  • 2009 Service Award – Domestic Violence Task Force
  • 2009 Achievement Award – Customer Flow Management - NACO
  • 2009 Best Place to Work – Workforce
  • 2005 Achievement Award – eFiling in Probate –NACO


Paula is dedicated to Enhanced Quality of Life as a cancer fighter and survivor, hoping to spread the messages of early detection, making a difference, and life-balance. A native of St. Louis and forever fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Paula has lived in Pasco County since 1987. She has two sons, Patrick and Phillip, and two grand-dogs, Buddy and Max. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, bicycling, and sporting events.

Community Involvement

Pasco County Safety Town

Safety Town Paula has been involved with Pasco Safety Town since the first organizational meeting. She worked with school board staff members on the original curriculum and is currently a Board Member

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Florida West Coast Credit Union

Paula has served on the Board of Directors for Florida West Coast Credit Union since 2001.
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Florida Association of Court Clerks & Comptrollers


Central FL Behavioral Health Network



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer






Past Involvement with the Community Included:
  • ADA Coordinator, Pasco County Government, 1991 - 2002
  • Pasco County Representative, National Organization on Disability, 1996 - 2002
  • Advisory Board Member, First Call for Help, 1993 - 1998
  • Member, Connections Community Network, 1993 - 2002
  • Volunteer, Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 1992 - 1995
  • Board Member, Keep Pasco Beautiful, 1990 - 1994
  • President & Vice President, Moon Lake Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, 1989 - 1992
  • Member, Hudson Youth Soccer Association, 1988 - 1998

Awards and Certificates

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