John continued his devotion to public service through his election to the position of North Naples Fire Commissioner.  He served at this post from 2006 to 2018.  He is committed to providing excellence in service at the most efficient cost to the taxpayers and works tirelessly with the other Districts to create the most efficient management and governance structure at the lowest cost to the residents of Collier County.  Ultimately, this effort resulted in a consolidation of several of the Naples fire districts now known as the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District.

Highlights from Commissioner McGowan’s service as a fire commissioner include: 

1) increased the level of service to the residents of North Collier and reduced response times; 

2) initiated advanced life support on all North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District vehicles to better serve;

3) being an inaugural member of the North Collier EMS Council, a group dedicated to bringing together stakeholders for discussions to ensure better service to the public from dispatch to the Hospital/Trauma center;

4) supported consolidation effort throughout Collier County;

5) supported efforts to streamline building plan reviews between North Collier and Collier County. 

John also acted as the District Liaison between the North Naples Fire Department and the City of Naples Fire Department.  Additionally, he has twice received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Collier Fire Department, most recently, for his efforts before, during, and after Hurricane Irma.


John McGowan grew up in Jupiter on Florida’s East Coast and graduated from Jupiter High School in 1985.  He attended Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and then graduated Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude.  In 1993 he and his wife Paige, settled in Naples where Paige had grown up.  He has two children, Ashley and Christopher.  He has practiced law in Southwest Florida for 25 years. 

​In his down time, John likes to attend sporting events, play golf, and is an avid outdoorsman who spends countless hours in the Everglades enjoying Florida's natural beauty.


Throughout his 25 years as an attorney and his record of distinguished public service, John has always sought avenues to promote efficiency and to conservatively enforce the rule of law.

John McGowan is asking for your support in his quest to be the next Circuit Court Judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit, Group 8.


John began his legal career in 1994 with the Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit, serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties.  During his tenure as an Assistant State Attorney, he handled thousands of cases and received certificates of appreciation from both State Attorney Joseph P. D'Alessandro and the Collier County Sheriff's Office for his dedication and service to the citizens of Southwest Florida.  As an Assistant State Attorney, in addition to prosecuting, John was an in-service training instructor for the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

John left the Office of the State Attorney and entered private practice in 1997 concentrating on Criminal and Civil litigation.  During this period of time, he has handled cases involving commercial business disputes, construction litigation, family law matters, homeowner association disputes, and thousands of criminal defense cases.  In addition to his private practice, John has worked with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District, for the past 10 years providing criminal legal representation to indigent clients throughout Southwest Florida.