Mike Smith was elected in November 2017 to fill the council seat representing residents in District 4. In November of 2020, he was elected by his fellow council members to serve as the city’s Vice-Mayor.
Councilman Smith serves with the mayor and his fellow council members as the legislative branch for the City of Groveland. His responsibilities include setting policies and making decisions concerning various aspects of local government for Central Florida’s fastest growing city, which is also recognized as one of the safest cities and best places to live.
Councilman Smith represents the City of Groveland on the Florida League of Cities, South Lake Regional Water Cooperative and the Affordable Housing Group. He serves as the city’s alternate member to the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, South Lake Economic Development Committee, South Lake Task Force MPO, and the Veteran’s Affairs Committee
At the time of his election, Councilman Smith was the president and CEO of Sextant Strategic Consulting, LLC. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Center for Maritime and Port Security with SRI International and the Director of Maritime and Homeland Security for STS International.
Councilman Smith also served as a member of the Harris Chain of Lakes Restoration Council. This council was charged with the responsibilities of reviewing audits and all data specifically related to lake restoration techniques and sport fish population recovery strategies, including data and strategies for shoreline restoration, sediment control and removal, exotic species management, floating tussock management or removal, navigation, water quality, and fish and wildlife for the Harris Chain of Lakes.
A proud veteran, Councilman Smith honorably served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1970–1980 and the U. S. Coast Guard from 1980-2005, achieving the rank of Captain. He is a strong believer in education and holds a Master of Science from Johns Hopkins, University, a Master of Science from the National War College and a Doctor of Management from the University of Phoenix.
Councilman Smith is married and has two children and 4 wonderful grandchildren. A dancer at heart, he teaches ballroom and line dancing. He also enjoys participating in various outdoor activities.