Paul S. Buchman
Paul S. Buchman
Paul S. Buchman was born June 5, 1923 in Tampa, Florida and moved to Plant City when he was six years old. Buchman was educated in the public schools of Plant City, graduating from Plant City High School in 1941. During World War II, he served in the 83rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He participated in the Normandy Invasion and battles in Northern France and the Rhineland and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his services.
After the war, Buchman completed his education and received a law degree from the University of Florida in 1948. He returned home to Plant City and opened his law office as a solo practitioner in October, 1948. Although Buchman was just a few months out of law school, the City Commission appointed him City Attorney in January, 1949. Buchman served continuously as City Attorney for over 42 years until his death in October, 1991.
As City Attorney, he was an active community leader and was known for his strong advocacy on local government issues. During 1959-1960, he served as President of the Ridge League of Municipalities. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Plant City Housing Authority and served as its Executive Director from 1956-1984.
Buchman was one of the founding members of the Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar and in 1973-1974, he served as its first Chair. The Section now has over 1,200 members statewide and, as envisioned by Buchman and the other founding members, promotes professionalism among local government attorneys and provides a forum for the development and exchange of ideas in matters affecting local government law.
In 1977, he was appointed by Governor Reubin Askew to serve on the Florida Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations. In 1980 and 1984, he was reappointed by Governor Bob Graham for two additional four year terms.
During his long tenure with the City, Buchman was recognized throughout the state and nationally for his contributions to municipal law. Among his many honors, Buchman was the 1989 Recipient of the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers’ Award for Outstanding National Public Service by a Municipal Attorney.
After his death, he was recognized for his contributions to municipal law and his service to the community. In March, 1992, the Local Government Law Section (now the City, County and Local Government Law Section) of the Florida Bar named its Legal Public Service Award the “Paul S. Buchman Public Service Award.” Later that same year, the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association named its highest honor, the Municipal Attorney of the Year Award the “Paul S. Buchman Award.” In 1994, the Florida Legislature designated Highway 39 from I-4 to Highway 301 the “Paul S. Buchman Highway.”
The City of Plant City is grateful for his dedicated service to the city and his many contributions to municipal law.