Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award
The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was adopted to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community. The award is given in memory of Ms. Stafford who devoted 24 years to the City of Tampa as an Assistant City Attorney. She was also the first woman judge in Hillsborough County and was a pioneer for women's issues, both professionally and in the community.
The 2015 recipient was Mrs. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Miller. Gwen Miller is the first African-American woman to have been elected to the Tampa City Council. She first served on the Council for District 5 in April of 1995, collecting almost 60% of the votes cast. Mrs. Miller was also the first African-American woman to serve as the Chair of the Tampa City Council. She served with distinction on the Council from 1995 through 2011, including her time as Chair from 2003 through 2007, and Chair Pro-Tem from 1998 through 2003, and again from 2007 until her retirement in 2011. Interestingly, Gwen Miller is the first Councilperson to follow a spouse onto the Tampa City Council. Her husband, Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller, served on the Tampa City Council in 1991. During her time on Tampa City Council, Mrs. Miller served as the Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee; Vice Chair of the Finance Committee; and a member of the Transportation Committee. She was dedicated to developing and strengthening youth and families through educational, recreational and social opportunities. Mrs. Miller spearheaded many neighborhood initiatives, including funding for the renovation of the Belmont Little League, and community centers for Woodlawn Terrace and Williams Park.
About Josephine Howard Stafford
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