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The City Commission is comprised of five commissioners, including an appointed Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem.

The City Commission generally meets the second and fourth Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 451 Third Street NW.

Members of the public who wish to address the Commission at a City Commission meeting about agenda items should sign-in before addressing the Commission. The sign-in sheet is located in the back of the Commission chambers. Members of the public can call the City Manager's office to be placed on the agenda under "Requests by general public to be heard." Also, the public can speak on items not on the agenda during the "Comments from the Audience" portion of the agenda. The public is also allowed to speak during a Public Hearing. Those called to speak should approach the podium and give their name and address for the record before proceeding with the issue.

Check with the City Manager's office for any changes after the agenda has been printed. (863) 291-5600.

City Commission contact:

Mayor Nathaniel Birdsong                  863-289-9813

Mayor Pro-Tem Steven Hunnicutt   863-289-9971 Commissioner J.P. Powell                   863-307-1602

Commissioner Pete Chichetto           863-289-2794 Commissioner Brad Dantzler             863-289-9947



    Nathaniel Birdsong, Jr.
    Mayor: Seat 2

      Nathaniel "Nat" Birdsong


  • Elected to City Commission Seat 2 in 2002; reelected 2007 and 2011; Mayor 2006-08, 2014, 2015; Mayor Pro-Tem 2011-2012, 2013
  • Commission liaison to: General Employees' Pension Board, Lakes Advisory Committee, Transportation Planning Organization, Winter Haven Economic Development Council
  • Native of Winter Haven: second generation;
    Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Florida A&M University
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Nova Southeastern University
  • Married for 35 years to Elizabeth "Ann" with whom he shares two sons - Nathaniel, III, Jason; and four grandchildren
  • Executive Director, the Florence Villa Community Development Corporation.
  • Retired, Coca Cola Company, manager for 27 years
  • Four years of public school service as a former teacher, head of Mathematics Department and athletics coach
  • Graduate, Leadership Winter Haven XXII
  • Board of Directors, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice President, Agricultural & Labor Program New Horizon Housing Development
  • Baselius, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Trustee, First Missionary Baptist Church, Secretary
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Central Florida.
  • Former Board of Directors, Polk County Readiness Coalition
  • Board of Directors, Winter Haven Neighborhood Service Center
  • Past President, Girls Inc.
  • Past Board of Directors, Citrus Showcase
  • Past Boy Scout Leader, Troop 901
  • Past Director, Haven Daycare Center
  • Member of Winter Haven Rotary

    Steven M. Hunnicutt
    Mayor Pro-Tem: Seat 5

      Mayor Pro-Tem
      Steven M. Hunnicutt


  • Elected to City Commission Seat 5 in 2009; re-elected in 2013; Mayor Pro-Tem 2014, 2015
  • Commission liaison to: Firefighters' Pension Board, Police Officers' Pension Board, Polk Transit Authority, Ridge League of Cities (alternate), Transportation Planning Organization (alternate)
  • Moved to Winter Haven in 2005
  • Grew up in Ohio 
  • Retired from Hamilton County, Ohio, Sheriff's Department
  • Member of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
  • Former substitute teacher Polk County Schools
  • SCORE Counselor/SCORE External Affairs Coordinator
  • Attended the University of Cincinnati
  • Gates of Lake Region HOA board member
  • Served on Winter Haven Board of Adjustment
  • Hobbies: reading, racing, fishing, fitness
  • Member of Christ Community Church
  • Married to Maira; two daughters; four grandchildren

    "J.P." Powell
    City Commissioner: Seat 1

      Commissioner James H. "J.P." Powell


  • Elected to City Commission Seat 1 in 2007; re-elected in 2011; Mayor Pro-Tem 2009-2011
  • Mayor 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Commission liaison to: Airport Advisory Committee, Main Street Winter Haven, Ridge League of Cities, Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • Attended Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and the University of Akron, Ohio
  • Employed by Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home
  • Member of First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven
  • Member and Past President of Rotary Club of Winter Haven
  • Member and past President Winter Haven Optimist Club
  • Ridge League of Cities board member
  • Past Lt. Governor of North Florida Optimist International; Past Ambassador Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman of City of Winter Haven Code Enforcement board
  • Past member City of Winter Haven Housing Committee
  • Former member and chairman City of Winter Haven Planning Commission
  • Member and Past President of Winter Haven Youth Soccer Association
  • Past President of the Winter Haven High School Band Boosters
  • Member of the advisory committee for Ridge Technical Center in Winter Haven
  • Married to Kim Traviss Powell; one son, Traviss Howard Powell, and dog “PJ”
  • Loves to golf, travel and is an aviation enthusiast

    Pete Chichetto
    City Commissioner: Seat 3


      Pete Chichetto


  • Elected to City Commission Seat 3 in 2011
  • Commission liaison to: Affordable Housing Committee, Risk Management, Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), Winter Haven Housing Authority
  • Born September 23, 1975
  • Married to Becky; one daughter, Faith
  • Education: Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Public Administration from University of Central Florida; Associate's degree from Polk State College
  • Licensed Real Estate Associate
  • Work experience: Former City of Winter Haven Utilities Director; former Development director for City of Winter Haven; former Development Director for the City of Lake Wales; former Planner for Polk County Board of County Commissioners
  • Hobbies: spending time with family, golf, fishing, sports
  • Memberships and organizations: Parkland Baptist Church; Boys' and Girls' Club vice-president; East Polk Salvation Army; East Polk Realtors' Association

    Brad Dantzler
    City Commissioner: Seat 4



      Brad Dantzler


  • Elected to City Commission Seat 4 in a special election in spring 2013; re-elected fall 2013
  • Commission liaison to: Library Board, Planning Commission, Enterprise Zone Advisory Board, Tourist Development Council
  • Winter Haven native; third generation Winter Haven City Commissioner
  • Born: February 13, 1962
  • Married to Susan; two sons, L.B. and Blake
  • Education: Winter Haven High School, class of 1980, honors graduate; Bachelor of Science, University of Florida (1985); UF Varsity Baseball, All Southeastern Conference first base, 1983 and team captain; Master of Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University (1991)
  • Senior Vice President Financial Advisor, Raymond James & Associates, Winter Haven (2006-current); pharmaceutical sales representative (1985-1986); Commercial Real Estate Broker, Town & Country Real Estate, Winter Haven; Investment Representative, Edward Jones Investments (1994-2003); Senior Vice President Investments, Bank of America (2003-2006)
  • Interests: Tennis, plays on local USTA tennis teams, fishing, golf, reading
  • Memberships and organizations: Winter Haven Area Chamber of Commerce (former president), Leadership Winter Haven, Class 7; Winter Haven Girls Club Board, president 1997; Friends of the Library since 1996; Winter Haven Public Library Board, president 2004-2013; Polk County Sheriff's Advisory Council; East Polk Association of Realtors (1986-2004); Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity; First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven


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