Steven F. Spina, PhD

Steve Spina

Steven F. Spina, PhD


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Steven Spina was elected to the Zephyrhills City Council on April 11, 2023. He previously served as city manager for 20 years and as director of development for nine years. Spina came to Zephyrhills in 1978 as a reporter for the Zephyrhills News, and began working with the city in 1987. 

He received his undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of South Florida. He has a master's degree and doctorate in Political Science from the University of Florida. He has taught as an adjunct and visiting instructor at USF, in both the MPA program and Criminal Justice program.

Spina has been active with numerous organizations in Zephyrhills, is a past president of the Zephyrhills Rotary Noon Club, served as a charter member of the Zephyrhills Historical Association, the East Pasco YMCA board and the Main Street Zephyrhills board. 

A strong supporter of historic preservation, he was actively involved in the redevelopment of downtown Zephyrhills and in the restoration of the Zephyrhills Depot and World War II Army Barracks. While at USF, he authored several journal articles on racial injustice issues and naming of streets after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in2019 was the executive producer of a documentary film, "Zephyrhills, America: Stories Seldom Told," an oral history of the African American community in Zephyrhills.

Spina and his wife Judy have lived in Zephyrhills for more than 40 years.