Mayor Susan Whelchel was first elected to the Boca Raton City Council in March 1995. She was re-elected in 1997 and again in 1999. During her first tenure in office, Mayor Whelchel served as Deputy Mayor from 1999-2000.
After leaving office due to term limits, Susan was appointed by then Governor Jeb Bush to a two- year term on the Palm Beach County School Board. In March 2003, she was again elected to the Boca Raton City Council. She successfully ran again in 2005 and served once more as Deputy Mayor in 2003, 2005 and 2006. In 2008 Susan ran unopposed for Mayor. She successfully ran again in 2011 and concluded her term as mayor in 2014.
As a dedicated public servant for more than twenty years, Mayor Whelchel has always been a strong supporter of neighborhood issues and an effective advocate for children. She works tirelessly to assure that residents receive the highest quality of service while ensuring the responsible use of public resources. Susan understands that Boca Raton is a multi-faceted city, and so she supports a vibrant business economy and a broad-based cultural community. She is a champion of community sustainability, and her innovative environmental action and collaborative approach with neighborhoods, businesses, and educational institutions has earned her praise throughout the region.
Mayor Whelchel has always worked to ensure a strong relationship between the City of Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University, a key community partner. Through the City’s strategic planning process, Susan has continually supported policy decisions that championed the FAU football stadium, medical school, and the independent Research Park at FAU. Mayor Whelchel received the Talon Award from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 for her long and distinguished career in public office.
Mayor Whelchel was educated in north Florida schools, holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and has done post-graduate work at Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University. Susan has been a part of the Boca Raton community for the past 30 years and, with her husband John, raised their four children here.
Authority: 6/8/2015 – 6/7/2019