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 is 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 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
    • Juror Cash Payment Program – 2015
    • Customer Call Center – 2012
    • Electronic Foreclosure Sales – 2010
    • Integrated Management Operating System – 2010
    • Customer Flow Management - 2009
    • eFiling in Probate – 2005
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – GFOA, Annually 1983 - 2015
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – Gov't Finance Officers Association of U.S. & Canada (GFOA) – Annually, 2012 – 2015
  • Organizational Support Award - Salvation Army Domestic Violence - 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. A native of St. Louis and forever fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Paula has lived in Pasco County since 1987.

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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