Bill Cowles has been an integral part of the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office since 1989, after serving thirteen years on the staff of the Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was elected as the Orange County Supervisor of Elections in 1996 and has been re-elected in every election since. Bill supervises the fifth-largest county elections office in the state of Florida.
Bill served on the Federal Elections Assistance Commission Board of Advisors from 2007 to 2011. His other professional involvements include being past president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, as well as past president of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials, and Treasurers.
Bill graduated in 1976 with a degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Not only is Bill busy with his professional associations, he is also very active in his church and community. He is an elder at Quest Church (formerly St. Paul's Presbyterian Church), a board member of the Central Florida Council (Boy Scouts of America), a member of the UCF Public Administration Advisory Board, and a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of North Orlando.
Bill has been married since 1978 to Cheryl and has two married sons and four grandsons.
Bill Cowles retired as the Orange County Supervisor of Elections on January 31, 2024, after 34 years of public service.