Steve Underwood was born in Bradenton and raised in Nokomis, Florida. His family moved to Arcadia in 1979. Steve graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1988. He married a “home town” girl, Constance. They have raised three sons, Tyler, Nicholas and Ethan. Currently they have two daughter in laws, Brittany and Selena, plus two grandsons, Liam and Brycen.
Steve began his career with the City of Arcadia in 1989 when he became a Waste Water Treatment Plan Operator Trainee. He was promoted to Apprentice Mechanic in 1996 and Mechanic in 1998. Steve received his Class “C” Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s License in 2003. He became Director of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Public Works in 2009. Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations were moved to a separate city department in 2015, but Steve remained the Director of Public Works. He is responsible for the Cemetery, Mobile Home Park, Parks, Sanitation, Streets, Storm Water and Vehicle & Facility Maintenance. He has 22 employees in his current department.
Steve and Constance are active in the Arcadia community. He participates in youth sports, baseball in particular, coaching from T-Ball through Little League. He is also a Professional Baseball Umpire, umpiring youth games throughout the area. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.