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.
Mayor Steven M. Hunnicutt
Mayor Steven M. Hunnicutt, was elected to Seat #5 in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. He has served as Mayor since 2017. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem 2014-2016. He grew up in Ohio and moved to Winter Haven in 2005. He is retired from the Hamilton County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department. Steve is the Commission liaison to the Firefighters’ Pension Board, Police Officers’ Pension Board, Polk Transit Authority (PTA), Ridge League of Cities and Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). Steve and his wife, Maira, have two daughters and four grandchildren. firstname.lastname@example.org; (863) 289-9971
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 from 2006-2008 and 2014-2016. He was also Mayor Pro-Tem 2011-2013 and 2017. A Winter Haven native, Nat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University. He is the 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, Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and the Winter Haven Economic Development Council (WHEDC). Nat and is wife, Elizabeth “Ann,” have two sons and four grandchildren. email@example.com; (863) 289-9813
Commissioner Bradley T. Dantzler
Commissioner Bradley T. Dantzler was elected to Seat #4 in a special election in spring 2013 and re-elected in the fall of 2013. Brad served as Mayor in 2016. 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 10 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. firstname.lastname@example.org; (863) 289-9947
Commissioner Peter M. Chichetto
Commissioner Peter M. Chichetto was elected to Seat #3 in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He is a licensed Real Estate Associate. Pete is the Commission liaison to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Risk Management Committee, Urban Forestry Advisory Board, and Winter Haven Housing Authority. He has a 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. email@example.com; (863) 289-2794
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, Planning Commission, and Central Florida Regional Planning Council. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org; (863) 307-2291