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.
Senior Assistant City Attorney
The 2019 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award recipient is Jan McLean, Senior Assistant City Attorney. Jan is a native of Tampa, growing up as a self-proclaimed “Air Force brat” she traveled as her father was assigned to bases in Indiana, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Jan returned to Tampa in 1968 and graduated from Tampa Catholic High School in 1970. She attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida attending at night while her daughters were young. She graduated Stetson University School of Law in 1990 returning to study when her daughters were in school.
Jan’s first legal position was as an attorney at the Southwest Florida Water Management District where she found her focus in water resource and environmental law. She is the only attorney to have served as an assistant General Counsel at the three largest water management districts in the state. Jan also was a Lemon Law Arbitration Panel counsel in the Florida Attorney General’s office under General Robert Butterworth. She was also the first water conservation coordinator for Hernando County Utilities initiating that program and establishing the local Groundwater Guardians chapter.
Through her career, public service has been a calling and priority for Jan. She has been with the City for 13 years in support of the public works and utilities departments. She has represented the City as part of a team from the Florida Section of the American Waterworks Association Utility Council in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee, as well as the Florida Water Environmental Association Utility Council in Tallahassee and statewide working groups and legislative efforts. Jan has served as a committee participant representing the City at the Florida League of Cities legislative committee for Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works. She was awarded two Home Rule Hero awards from the League in 2012 and 2013.
Jan is very active in support of animal rescue, homeless and veteran’s causes. She and her husband transport animals throughout the state rescued from shelters and bad situations regularly. She has been active in a grass roots effort in Pasco county to help those in need of food for their families. She also assists in gathering contributions for a homeless camp in Pasco. As a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Jan has participated in the Community Services committee.
To learn more about Josephine Howard Stafford, see video clip below.
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