Mayor Gene Whitfield
Mayor Gene Whitfield is a third generation East Pasco County resident. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 52 years, Ernestine, a Dade City native, and they have two children. They have been owners of Whitfield Funeral Home for over 30 years. Their son Tim is an inshore charter boat Master Captain and daughter Amy works at the funeral home. She has her degree and is a Licensed Funeral Director. Their daughter-in-law, Robin, is a cosmetologist and also works at the funeral home. Mayor Gene and Ernestine have three grandchildren: Jake, Kylie, and Delanie who all also worked after school at the funeral home while growing up. The Whitfield family has a unique relationship within the family. They work together, go out to eat together, attend church together, holiday together and even vacation together and they all get along.
Serving the Community
Over the years, Gene has served the community in many ways. He was chairman of the Florida Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees for four (4) years and served on the Florida Hospital Board of Directors for four (4) years. He served on the Board of Directors of East Pasco Habitat for Humanity for six (6) years and was Chairman for one year. Gene served as President one (1) year (Superior Club) and twenty-six (26) years a member of Zephyrhills Kiwanis Club. He was Deacon at his church for sixteen (16) years and Sunday School teacher for eight (8) years. Gene has been a member of the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce over thirty (30) years and served as a director for six (6) years.
Mayor Gene’s mission statement: “It is my desire to use the opportunity of serving as Mayor to work on projects and programs that will benefit the community as a whole; to strengthen relations between City government and the citizens, hence, better services for the citizens. I do not seek fanfare, but rather, I seek results…results that make our community better.”