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Scott Paine

Director, Leadership Development & Education

Florida League of Cities


After more than thirty years in higher education and more than a decade working with the Florida League of Cities in various part-time capacities, Dr. Scott Paine became a full-time League staff member in July 2015. Scott’s perspective on municipal government and public service has been formed by both his academic career and his political activities, which included serving two terms as a City Councilman in Tampa, Florida in the 1990s.

A popular conference presenter and author on leadership and public service, Scott has addressed audiences from Seattle, Washington to Augusta, Maine and from Bismarck, North Dakota to the Florida Keys. Scott’s most recent book is More than Self (2017) and is available from Amazon in both a paperback and Kindle edition. He also wrote Rethinking Public Leadership for the 21st Century (2009). He writes a regular column in Quality Cities (QC) magazine and a blog at drscottpaine.com.

Scott and his wife, Carol, have ten children, including seven adopted children, and seven grand-children . . . so far. Scott and Carol also are active in ministry: Scott is a Roman Catholic deacon and Carol a certified instructor in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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