Government Team

The Government Advisory Team’s mission is to bring together all levels of local government to create more awareness, cooperation and support of the long term Vision for Polk County. This includes providing review and guidance on both foreseen and unforeseen opportunities that potentially impact the organization’s objectives and the work of its various LEAD Teams as established by the Polk Vision Board of Directors

The Government Team also works to effectively engage citizens by producing the Leadership Exchange Series which includes educational offerings such as the Mayors Roundtable, State of the County, Legislative Warm-Up, and other topically relevant workshops.

Watch the Recording here:




On October 4, 2019 renowned author, political scientist, and University of South Florida professor Dr. Susan MacManus moderated a panel discussion with members of the Polk County Legislative Delegation.



The State of the County Update held on April 23, 2019, brought together residents from across Polk County to hear from Board of County Commissioners’ Chair, George Lindsey, and County Manager, Jim Freeman.

Topics addressed included county investments in election equipment and a new fire station; the Florida Poly Corridor; the Polk County Water Cooperative; and an update on infrastructure projects being forecast to keep pace with Polk County’s growing population.


The 2019-2020 Leadership Exchange Series was made possible through funding by Citizens Bank & Trust.



Betsy Cleveland - Co-Chair, Polk County Supervisor of Elections Office

Christine Goding - Co-Chair, Community Volunteer

Margarita Alfaro - Polk County Tax Collector's Office

Stacy Butterfield - Polk County Clerk of Courts & County Comptroller

Meagin Colson - Polk County Sheriff's Office

Susan Copeland - Polk Education Foundation

Tracy Mouncey - Tracey Mouncey & Associates

Matt Mucci -  AT&T

Donna Sheehan - City of Winter Haven

Lynn Wilson - Polk County School Board




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