Government Team

In a large area that includes 17 municipalities and a county government, it is important to have opportunities for leaders to discuss current issues, share best practices and find commonalities that bond them to the community as a whole.  Through the Leadership Exchange Series of events, the Polk Vision Government Team works to bring together all of government operating on behalf of Polk County to create more cooperation and teamwork between cities, county, school board, state and federal governments.


Mayors Roundtable

For the 6th year in a row, the Polk Vision Government Team hosted a half-day roundtable discussion for the mayors of Polk County. This unique event allows the mayors to discuss topics critical to their communities and the county as a whole.

Mayors from 10 of the county's 17 municipalities were able to attend this year's event which was moderated by Jerry Miller, Government and Community Relations Manager at Duke EnergyBroadband access and the importance of having affordable high-speed internet throughout the county was an important topic of discussion at this year’s roundtable event.  Mayors committed to forming a committee of elected officials to stay informed on progress related to affordable broadband access. 

The Roundtable brings forth best practice ideas for each community and in the past it has developed partnerships between the cities like inter-local agreements.   Although there is no quantitative data that can be reported as an event result, we do know that the cities enjoy working together to make Polk County the best place to live, learn, work and play. By sharing challenges and solutions or through highlighting their city’s strengths, each   mayor is able to learn something new or make a connection that will benefit theircommunity and in turn, our county as a whole. Click image to view PGTV's coverage of the 6th Annual Mayors' Roundtable.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


2015 Elected Leadership Summit

In 2004, Polk Vision Government Team hosted its first Elected Leadership Summit to bring together leaders to pledge their support for a shared Polk Vision of cooperation and efficiency among each Governmental Entity to ensure that Polk County will continue to be a premiere place to live, learn, work, and play.

For the 10 year anniversary of that event, the Polk Vision Government Team gathered elected leaders of the county to learn how  Polk Vision is using the Alignment process to strategically align and leverage Polk resources to create solutions  for the overall advancement of Polk County. Leaders affirmed their pledge to support a shared Polk Vision of  collaboration with each governmental entity to align resources that benefit shared interests and to fortify community support and investment.


In March of 2016, the Government Team hosted a breakfast in honor of the constitutional officers serving Polk County.  Sheriff Grady Judd, Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield, Property Appraiser Marsha Faux, Tax Collector Joe Tedder and Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards were all recognized for their contributions to Polk County and their service through leadership roles on state-wide boards.

Government Team

Maggie Mariucci – Co-Chair, Florida Polytechnic University

Donna Sheehan – Co-Chair, City of Winter Haven

Melony Bell – Polk County Board of County Commissioners

Gwinnell Brant – Polk County Sheriff's Office

Stacy Butterfield – Polk County Clerk of the Courts

Meagin Colson – Polk County Sheriff's Office

Suzanne Crowder – Polk Tax Collector's Office

Marsha Faux – Polk County Property Appraiser

Christine Goding – Supervisor of Elections Office

Yadira Holmes – Community Volunteer

Brad Johnson – City of Lakeland

Valeria Jorn - Tri - County Human Services 

Joe LaCascia – City of Polk City

Tracy Mouncey – Tracy Mouncey & Associates

Martha Roe-Burke - Polk County Tax Collector

Michael Spake - Lakeland Regional Health 

Lea Ann Thomas – Polk County Board of County Commissioners