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Mayor Jane Castor

Mayor Jane Castpr
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Mayor Castor
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Mayor Jane Castor

Mayor Jane Castor, the 59th Mayor of the City of Tampa, embodies a legacy of dedicated service and unwavering commitment to her hometown. A lifelong Tampa resident, she graduated Chamberlain High School and the University of Tampa, where she was a basketball and volleyball scholarship recipient and Hall of Famer.

Her journey in public service began as an officer for the Tampa Police Department. She eventually rose through the ranks to become Tampa's first female Chief of Police in 2009. She served six years as chief, pursuing progressive law enforcement strategies, reorganizing the department, and reducing major crimes by 70% citywide.

In 2023, Tampa residents overwhelmingly elected her mayor, and she immediately spearheaded ambitious initiatives through the establishment of the Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow (T3) advisory teams. These teams created roadmaps to address the city's most pressing issues, including transportation, affordable housing, workforce development, resident services, and sustainability and resilience.

Mayor Castor's administration is implementing the city's most ambitious infrastructure initiative in generations, undertaking the challenge of rebuilding Tampa’s aging water and wastewater systems. The Progressive Infrastructure Plan for Environmental Sustainability (PIPES), a pioneering $3 billion program, underscores her unwavering commitment to enhancing Tampa's essential infrastructure.

Mayor Castor's tenure has been marked by significant accomplishments, including securing more than $90 million in federal and state funding for vital transportation and mobility enhancements. Furthermore, her administration has established Tampa's inaugural Sustainability and Resilience Officer position and the first Climate Action and Equity Plan for the city, demonstrating a proactive approach to environmental stewardship.

Overwhelmingly reelected in 2023, Mayor Castor remains resolute in her mission to transform Tampa's tomorrow, placing an emphasis on improving residents' quality of life through the enrichment of city parks and the celebration of art.

You’ll often see her around town with beloved "Office Dog" of Tampa City Hall and rescue pup, Alcaldesa, which means mayor in Spanish. Beyond her mayoral duties, Mayor Castor is a proud Seminole Heights resident who enjoys fishing and cheering on Tampa Bay sports teams, from the Stanley-cup-winning Lightning to the Super Bowl-winning Buccaneers. She cherishes quality time with her family, including her partner Ana Cruz and sons, Sergei and Seely, whom she adopted as infants from Ukraine.

Rebuilding Tampa’s Foundation

Over a century since Tampa’s incorporation, the city is undergoing the biggest infrastructure overhaul in its history under Mayor Jane Castor’s leadership. From massive stormwater improvement projects, hundreds of miles of new or repaired water and wastewater pipes, another hundred miles of repaved roads, improved safety conditions at high-accident locations, million-dollar facility upgrades, and much, much more. The City of Tampa is focused on rebuilding the foundation that lays the groundwork for its economic growth and prosperity.

Updated: 05/02/2024