Frank Chillura was elected to the Temple Terrace City Council on Nov. 8, 2016. Prior to that, he served one term as the city's mayor. Mr. Chillura believes that Temple Terrace’s strength lies in its citizens' community spirit. He is focused on building a vibrant and desirable community with a solid financial base. He believes: “If you want to make a difference, you have to get involved!” As a small-business owner, he appreciates the difficulties of today's economy, and works hard to make government more efficient. Mr. Chillura has been very active in representing Temple Terrace on local and regional boards. He currently represents Temple Terrace on the Tourist Development Council and the Council of Governments.
Born in Italy, Mr. Chillura immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old. He has been a resident of Temple Terrace since 1977. In 1997, he earned his Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College. Mr. Chillura began his public service in 1995 when he was appointed to the Temple Terrace Code Enforcement Board. He served on the Board until he was elected to City Council in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004 and served until 2008. He was then appointed to the Hillsborough County Planning Commission, where he served as Chair.
During his two Council terms, he served on boards of the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority, Tourist Development Council, Hillsborough County Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. He spearheaded the formation of the Temple Terrace River Watch Task Force, which for the first time gave Temple Terrace an organized voice in managing the Hillsborough River. Mr. Chillura is president of Martino Chillura Management, a property management company with headquarters in Temple Terrace. He and his wife Angela have five children who attend local schools.