County Administrator Steve Howard


The County Administrator serves the Board of County Commissioners as its agent in administrative matters managing all departments, divisions and staff. The Administrator also serves as the liaison between the Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Citrus County.

County Administrator Steve L. Howard, a Florida native, was hired by the Board of County Commissioners in November of 2022.  Prior to that, he was County Administrator for Camden County, Georgia for 15 years.  Steve also worked in various management positions in Florida, including Polk, Seminole, and Desoto Counties, and the City of Punta Gorda.

Steve is a graduate of Bellevue University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University.  In addition, he is a graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.  He is also a graduate of The Florida Center for Public Management’s nationally recognized Certified Public Manager Program at The Florida State University.  He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, Certified Public Manager, Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer.

On September 24, 2020, as part of the 101st ICMA Annual Conference, Steve was formally recognized with a 30-year service award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  Steve was recognized for his significant contributions to local government organizations, and his track record of implementing programs that promote quality and efficiency and responsible and responsive government.

“Leadership that Listens”

Board Meeting Dates

Steve L. Howard
County Administrator


Mariselle Rodriguez
Assistant County Administrator

Elaine Thomas
Executive Assistant


Citrus County Administration
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite #267
Lecanto, FL 34461

Phone: (352) 527-5210
FAX: (352) 527-5204

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.