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, Florida Trust, Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Civitek, 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 is the 2016 Honorary Chair for Pasco County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and served as the Event Chair in 2010 and 2011. She served as President of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers from 2013-2014 and remains active on state and supreme court committees. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Seven Springs and the Chambers of Commerce.

Paula and her office have been recognized with the following awards:

  • National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Awards
    • The All American Youth Art Walk - 2017
    • Criminal Image Viewer – 2016
    • Juror Cash Payment Program – 2015
    • Customer Call Center – 2012
    • Electronic Foreclosure Sales – 2010
    • Integrated Management Operating System – 2010
    • Customer Flow Management - 2009
    • Filing Probate & Guardianship Program – 2007
    • eFiling in Probate – 2005
    • Leadership Training – 2005
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – GFOA, Annually 1983 - 2016
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – Gov't Finance Officers Association of U.S. & Canada (GFOA) – Annually, 2012 – 2016
  • Women of Distinction Honors Edition - Trademark - 2017
  • Community Advocate of the Year – Sixth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Office – 2016
  • Organizational Support Award – Salvation Army Domestic Violence – 2016
  • Supporter of the Decade – Connections Job Development Program – 2016
  • Lady Justice Award – West Pasco Legal Support Specialists – 2013
  • Government Service Award – West Pasco Board of Realtors – 2012
  • Outstanding Public Servant – West Pasco Chamber of Commerce – 2011
  • Justice Award – West Pasco Bar Association – 2010
  • Business Woman of the Year for Government – Tampa Bay Business Journal – 2010
  • Service Award – Domestic Violence Task Force – 2009
  • Best Place to Work – Workforce – 2009

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.

Community Involvement

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Regional Medical Center Paula was chosen to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in 2017. The 290-bed acute care hospital is a nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, Accredited Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, and has Commission on Cancer approved Cancer Care, Orthopedic, and Neurosurgery programs. Click here for more information on Regional Medical Center.


Florida West Coast Credit Union

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 Local Government Investment Trust

Florida Local Government Investment Trust Paula serves as Chairman of the Florida Local Government Investment Trust, the longest running member-owned and member-governed local government investment pool in Florida. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011, and was voted Chairman in 2016. The Florida Trust manages safe investments for more than $1.7 billion of local government funds in Florida. Click here for more information on Florida Trust.


Florida Association of Court Clerks & Comptrollers


Paula was elected by her fellow clerks to serve on the CiviTek Board in 2015. CiviTek creates technology solutions that lower costs, save time, and free up resources. Products help customers coast to coast on everything from payment solutions to case load management.


Central FL Behavioral Health Network






Making Strides Against Breast Cancer








Past Involvement with the Community Included:
  • Pasco County Safety Town, 1995 - 2017
  • 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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