What is the Lakeland city commission + how does it work?

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The mayor and city commission plays a vital role in developing meaningful policies to better the city of Lakeland. Today, we’re breaking down the commission’s role in our community + how you can join.

About

The city commission is currently made up of seven members — Mayor Bill Mutz, Stephanie Madden, Sara Roberts McCarley, Chad McLeod, Mike Musick, Bill Read, and Phillip Walker. Each commissioner has been elected by the people of Lakeland + represents a district or the city at large.

The commission has bi-monthly meetings that are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 9 a.m.unless the day falls on a holiday. Meetings can be viewed live + online here or attended in-person at City Hall (228 S. Massachusetts Ave.).

How it works

Commissioners develop + enact policies, hear from members of the community, decide on local tax rates, balance the city budget, determine city pay rates, address community issues, and more.

Additionally, each commissioner takes part in various subcommittees, task forces, and special assignments that directly impact the quality of life for Lakeland residents. Subcommittees include community development, finance, legislative, municipal boards and committees, real estate, and transportation + utility.

How you can join

Local elections for city commissioners are held every two years and each term lasts four years. The term of office for council members is staggered, meaning half of the positions are elected during each election cycle.

To run for office, you must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of your district + county at the time of the election, registered to vote, and able to commit to a 4-year term. The next election cycle will take place in 2023 + three seats on the commission will be up for re-election.

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