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City Commission

Winter Haven has five City Commissioners, which includes an appointed Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Commission meetings are generally held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall.

City Commissioners must live within the Winter Haven city limits. Commissioners are elected at large and serve a 4-year term. The Mayor presides at City Commission meetings. The Mayor Pro Tem presides in the Mayor’s absence.

Commissioners

Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler

Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler was elected to Seat #4 in a special election in spring 2013 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Brad served as Mayor in 2016 and 2018. A Winter Haven native, Brad is a third generation Winter Haven City Commissioner. He graduated Winter Haven High School in 1980, University of Florida in 1985 and earned a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1991. He has been a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at Raymond James & Associates for 12 years. Brad is the Commission liaison to the Library Board, Tourist Development Council, Cultural Arts Advisory Committee, and Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Susan, have two grown sons, and one granddaughter. bdantzler@mywinterhaven.com; (863) 289-9947

Mayor Pro-Tem Nathaniel J. Birdsong, Jr.

Mayor Pro-Tem Nathaniel J. Birdsong, Jr., was elected to Seat #2 in 2002 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He served as Mayor in 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015. He served as Mayor Pro Tem 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018. A Winter Haven native, Nat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He is Executive Director of the Florence Villa Community Development Corporation. Nat is the Commission liaison to the General Employees’ Pension Board, Lakes Advisory Committee, Main Street Winter Haven Board, the Winter Haven Economic Development Council (WHEDC), Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Polk Regional Water Cooperative, and chairs the Polk County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). Nat and his wife, Elizabeth “Ann,” have two sons and four grandchildren. nbirdsong@mywinterhaven.com; (863) 289-9813

Commissioner William J. Twyford

Commissioner William J. Twyford, was elected to Seat #1 in 2015. He is an attorney in Winter Haven. William is the Commission liaison to the Airport Advisory Committee, Ridge League of Cities, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, and Polk County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). William graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1980, Vanderbilt University in 1984 and earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1987. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He currently serves on the board of the Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society and is an Associate Board Member of Greater Winter Haven Youth Baseball. William and his wife Elizabeth have two sons and a daughter.  wtwyford@mywinterhaven.com; (863) 307-2291

Commissioner Peter M. Chichetto

Commissioner Peter M. Chichetto was elected to Seat #3 in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2016. He is a licensed Real Estate Associate. Pete is the Commission liaison to the Planning Commission, Risk Management Committee, Urban Forestry Advisory Board, and Winter Haven Housing Authority. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Public Administration from University of Central Florida; and an associate’s degree from Polk State College. He and his wife, Becky, have one daughter. pmchichetto@mywinterhaven.com; (863) 289-2794

Commissioner James H. “JP” Powell

Commissioner James H. “JP” Powell was elected to Seat #5 in 2017. Commissioner Powell previously served on the Winter Haven City Commission from 2007 to 2016, serving as Mayor 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2009 and 2010. JP is the Commission liaison to the Police Officers’ Pension Board, Firefighters’ Pension Board, Polk Transit Authority and Transportation Disadvantage Local Coordinating Board. An Ohio native, JP attended Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and the University of Akron, Ohio. He is employed as Assistant Manager at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home and Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens. JP is also a past member and chair of the Winter Haven Planning Commission, Code Enforcement Board and the Florence Villa CRA Advisory Committee. He is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Winter Haven and the Winter Haven Optimist Club. Members of First Presbyterian Church, JP and his wife, Kim Traviss Powell, have one grown son Traviss, and dog “PJ.” jppowell@mywinterhaven.com; (863) 308-2464

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451 Third Street NWWinter Haven, Florida 33881
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