The City of Haines City is a home rule municipality and operates under the commission-manager form of government. The City Commission of Haines City is the elected legislative and governing body of the City. It consists of five (5) City Commissioners elected to serve four (4) year terms. The Commission selects a Mayor and Vice-Mayor through a majority vote of the Commission each year.
Horace West, Mayor, Seat No. 2 – April 2018
Don Mason, Vice Mayor, Seat No. 1 – April 2019
H.L. Roy Tyler, City Commissioner, Seat No. 4 – April 2020
Kenneth Kipp, City Commissioner, Seat No. 5 – April 2017
Morris L. West, City Commissioner, Seat No. 3 – April 2020
City Commission Duties
Responsibilities of the City Commission include:
- Adopting an annual budget
- Adopting local laws and ordinances
- Appointing the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk
- Establishing policies, utility rates, assessments and other fees
- Managing growth and land use
- Setting the annual tax rate
Areas of Assistance & Advice
The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission and serves as the chief executive officer to carry out their policies and oversee the daily business of the City. Professionally qualified and experienced personnel head the city departments and provide municipal services to the public. In addition, boards and committees comprised of many area residents, assist and advise the City Commission on various matters.