Richard Crotty grew up in Orlando, attending Orange County public schools, Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida (then known as Florida Technological University) where he majored in Public Administration and Communications. After graduation, Mr. Crotty was selected to the prestigious Florida Legislative Staff Internship program where he attended Florida State University completing a graduate level executive program in Public Administration. While in Tallahassee, Mr. Crotty worked on the Senate Staff and completed his service as a member of the United States Army Reserve, serving in a military police unit.
He served fourteen years of legislative service as a member of both the House and Senate and was known as a reformer and consensus builder who succeeded by working closely "with both sides of the aisle". His legislative accomplishments and awards are many.
Senator Crotty left the Legislature and was elected Orange County Property Appraiser in 1992. During his tenure as Property Appraiser, Mr. Crotty went to work using technology and innovation to streamline an already successful operation. He also attended the executive program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He was then appointed as Chairman of Orange County by Governor Jeb Bush and later elected to a full term with 73% of the vote. Orange County citizens later voted to change the county leader's title from Chairman to Mayor to better reflect his function as chief executive.
Mayor Crotty has taken tough stands to improve transportation and school capacity, while working with regional partners to protect our valuable water supply and diversify our local economy with an appropriate balance of high tech, high fun jobs. Mayor Crotty also teaches a class on Political Science and Politics at Rollins College. He and his wife Pam live in Belle Isle with their daughter Christina and son Tyler.