John Scott Dailey

About Dr. John Scott Dailey


From its beginning in 1981 until 2003, John Scott Dailey, Ph.D., served as executive director of the Florida Institute of Government. Throughout his career at the Institute, Scott developed and monitored hundreds of research and training projects that addressed the needs of local governments. Among his many heralded municipal projects was his leadership in the development of the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) and the Advanced IEMO – a training program for newly elected and veteran city officials. He was also instrumental in the development of the Governor’s Municipal Mentoring Initiative – a project that promotes mentoring of schoolchildren by city employees. He also forged a longtime alliance with the Florida City and County Management Association and had developed and implemented its yearly Winter Institute. But it was the relationship with the Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) that was among Scott’s greatest accomplishments.

Scott was a politician and served two terms as a Leon County School Board member, from 1994 to 2002 – and was its chairman two of those years. He was praised for his work on the board and his ability to build bridges of consent among members whom were often separated by philosophy, constituency and politics. In 2003, the Institute officially became the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government to honor his commitment to public service.