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Public Safety Leadership Council 2024 Application Period Open

Posted October 31st, 2023

Winter Haven Public Safety Seeking Winter Haven Residents
to Participate in the 2024 Winter Haven Public Safety Leadership Council

Charlie Bird, Winter Haven Assistant City Manager – Public Safety is seeking residents of Winter Haven, who are over the age of 18, to participate in the Winter Haven Public Safety Leadership Council.  The dates for the council will be held every other Tuesday beginning on January 23 until mid-May 2023.

The Council will consist of approximately 20 members who will serve voluntarily and meet every other Tuesday from 6 – 9 p.m. with Asst. City Manager of Public Safety Charlie Bird, Police Chief David Brannan, Fire Chief Sonny Emery and agency members from both Police and Fire for a total of ten meetings. The Council will begin on January 23, 2024. Participants will be asked to complete assignments and provide feedback on Department operations.

Members of the Council will experience hands-on activities over the course of the ten weeks while gaining a much better understanding of what it takes to operate Municipal Police and Fire Departments.  Council members will participate in tours at the Polk County Jail book-in, Central County Jail and the Courthouse. Participants will be required to serve specified timeframes at the Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center and complete a Ride-A-Long with both Police and Fire. Participants have proven to be a valuable community resource in advising on topics that affect the Department.  All applicants will be required to have a background check conducted.

Those interested in serving on the Public Safety Leadership Council can request an application by calling 863-291-6178. Applications can also be obtained by clicking this link.
More information about the Council can be found by  clicking the Community Services link on the homepage of this website.   Applications must be submitted no later than December 1, 2023 to be considered for the upcoming council that will begin on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Citizens awarded the opportunity to serve will be notified no later than December 15, 2023 in order to make plans for the meeting dates. A listing of meeting dates will be sent along with the application.

For more information, contact Jamie Brown at 863-291-6178 or email