With 32 years of experience in three Florida county governments, Howard Tipton started as St. Lucie's County Administrator in November 2014. His previous experience includes assignments as Brevard County Manager, Deputy County Administrator for Orange County, and as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Orange County Clerk of Courts where he led that organization to the Governor's Sterling Award for Performance Excellence.
Tipton earned a B.S. from James Madison University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida (UCF), and also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professionally, he was elected to the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration and has obtained his "Credentialed Managers" status from the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).
Tipton's community service includes serving on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida and the Brevard Cultural Alliance, and has been the Board Chair of both United Way of Brevard and the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. His recognition includes the Golden Bell Award from the Mental Health Association, Public Administrator of the Year from the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration, Outstanding Alumni from the School of Public Administration and the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida.
Tipton has been married to his wife Marion for 29 years and they have two children.