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Current Municipal Boards


  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Affordable Housing Review Committee
  • Airport Advisory Board
  • Beautification Board
  • Civil Service Code Enforcement Board
  • Code Enforcement Board
  • Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board
  • Employees Pension Board
  • Firemens' Pension Trust - Board of Trustees
  • Historic Preservation Board
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Nuisance Abatement Board
  • Planning & Zoning Board
  • Police Officers' Retirement Fund
  • Public Employee Relations Commission
  • Utility Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals
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Current Openings


We are currently seeking applications for the following Boards & Committees:

  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Airport Advisory Board
  • Civil Service Board
  • Nuisance Abatement Board
  • Public Employee Relations Commission
  • Utility Committee

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Mail to:
City Clerk's Office
Attn: Deborah Cason
228 S. Massachusetts Ave
Lakeland, FL  33801

Fax to: 863.834.8204

If you have any questions, please call 863.834.6210.


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  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

    Reviews established policies and procedures, ordinances, development regulations, and adopted comprehensive housing plan for the City.


    Meeting: Quarterly at 4 PM - March, June, September, December (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Eleven (11) members. The following members in connection with affordable housing: engaged in residential home building, engaged in banking industry, area of labor engaged in home building, advocate for low income persons, engaged as a for-profit provider, engaged as a non-profit provider, real estate professional, member who serves on local planning agency, resides within City of Lakeland.

    Openings:

    • (1) "Not-for-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing" Seat
  • Affordable Housing Review Committee

    Accepts applications for incentives, reviewing applications and proposed development, and approving or denying all or a portion of the requested incentives.


    Meeting: As called


    Members: Two seats available to the public, a land planner or architect and a representative of the local lending community.

     

  • Airport Advisory Board

    Enhance stakeholder input regarding operations, capital projects, planning and strategic business development opportunities.


    Meeting: As called


    Members: Mayor, Commissioner, General Aviation Representative, Corporate Aviation Representative, Airport Tenant Representative, 3 Citizens At-Large, and an Economic Development Representative.

    Openings (2 Seats):

    • (1) "Citizen-at-Large" Seat
    • (1) "Aviation Rep" Seat
  • Beautification Board

    Advises beautification and preservation of natural beauty within the City of Lakeland.


    Meeting: 2nd Monday of each month at 4 PM, except June, July, and August in the Parks & Recreation Conference Room (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: One citizen from each quadrant and two at-large with no more than two members from each quadrant.

  • Civil Service

    Oversees procedures for employment, promotion and discharge of employees under the Civil Service provisions of the City Charter.


    Meeting: 4th Tuesday of every two months (beginning in February) at 8:30 a.m. – Human Resources Conference Room - large(228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801).


    Members: Three members appointed by the Commission; three members elected by the employees. One member appointed by the previous six members.

    Members must be over the age of 21, a registered voter, and live inside the Lakeland Electric Service Territory.

    Openings:

    • (1) "Civil Service Board-Appointed" Seat
  • Code Enforcement Board

    Enforces certain codes and ordinances; makes findings of fact; issues orders to bring violations into compliance; imposes fines for continued and repeat violations.


    Meeting: 4th Tuesday at 3 PM in City Commission Chamber (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Seven members to include, whenever possible, an architect, business person, engineer, construction contractor, sub-contractor, realtor, and neighborhood associate, Two alternates. Financial Disclosure is required.

  • Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board

    Implements the CRA Redevelopment Plan established and authorized by the City Commission.


    Meeting: 1st Thursday of the month at 3 PM in the City Commission Conference Room (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Three members from the Downtown CRA, three members from the Dixieland CRA, three members from the Midtown CRA, one member appointed from the City at-large, and one City Commissioner appointed by the Mayor.

  • Employees' Pension Board

    Oversees the administration and investments of the employees’ pension fund.


    Meeting: 4th Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Employee Relations Conference Room, City Hall (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Three members appointed by the Commission - one may be an employee and would be exempt from the residency requirement; three members elected by the employees-one may be an employee and would be exempt from the residency requirement, and one member appointed by the previous six members.

    Annual Financial Disclosure, Legal and Investment Education required each term.

  • Firemen Pension Trust - Board of Trustees

    Invests funds in Firefighters' Pension Trusts and administer the plan; shall meet at least quarterly each year.


    Meeting: 2nd Wednesday, Feb, May, Aug, Nov – Lakeland Fire Department (701 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Three city residents appointed by the City Commission, three full-time fire fighter members of the system elected by the members, and one member appointed by the previous six members. 

    Annual Financial Disclosure, Legal and Investment Education required each term, two consecutive unexcused absences will result in forfeiture of seat.

  • Historic Preservation Board

    Promotes the preservation program for historic structures and sites, and administers design guidelines in the City’s seven historic districts.


    Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month at 7:30 AM in the Building Inspection Conference Room - City Hall (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: No less than 9, no more than 13, to include whenever possible, an architect, a landscape architect or designer, contractor or builder, local historical society rep, civil or structural engineer, realtor or developer, a person owning or leasing property, or owning a business, within any of the historic districts.

  • Housing Authority Board

    Operates and manages the low-rent housing projects in Lakeland.


    Meeting: 2nd Monday each month - Lakeland Housing Authority (430 Hartsell Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815)


    Members: Seven members, who must reside inside Polk County and shall include one member who resides in a housing project or receives rent subsidy. There shall be a member from each quadrant of the city, and three at-large members.

    Financial Disclosure is required.

  • Nuisance Abatement Board

    Hears complaints relating to public nuisances that threaten the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City.


    Meeting: Third Wednesday of every month at 4 PM unless cancelled - City Commission Chamber (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Seven members, to include a member engaged in real estate or property management.

    Openings (2 Seats):

    • Two open seats are available; must be a resident of the City of Lakeland.
  • Planning & Zoning Board

    Oversees City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. Makes recommendations on Future Land Use Map and zoning/rezoning requests.


    Meeting: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 AM in the City Commission Chamber (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Seven members

    Financial Disclosure is required.

  • Police Officers' Retirement Fund Board of Trustees

    Invests funds in Police Officers' retirement fund.


    Meeting: Quarterly on 3rd Tuesday of February, May, August and November at the Lakeland Police Department (219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Five members: Two Commission appointed (residency required), two Police Officer elected (active police officers-no residency requirement) and one appointed by the previous four.

    Annual Financial Disclosure, Legal and Investment Education required each term.

  • Public Employee Relations Commission

    Maintains annual registration of employee organizations (unions) and oversees the collective bargaining process between the City and employee unions.


    Meeting: As called


    Members: Three members, which are appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Commission. One member to represent management, one member to represent the employees, and one member who represents neither.

    Openings (3 Seats):

    • (1) One person “representing employers”
    • (1) One person” representing the employees or employee organizations”
    • (1) One person “not representing either”
  • Utility Committee

    Advisory to Mayor & City Commission and responsible for the review of Lakeland Electric financial and operational reports, fuel cost recovery, rate structures, contracts, programs and departmental initiatives.


    Meeting: 1st Monday of each month at 1 PM in the City Commission Chamber (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Mayor, Six City Commissioners, one city resident who is a residential rate customer, one non-resident who is a residential rate customer, one citizen member whose company or employer is in the Industrial Rate Class (residency not required), one resident whose company or employer is in the Commercial Rate Class and two resident rate customers that live within the Lakeland Electric service area.

    Openings (2 Seats)

    • (2) "Undesignated Residential Rate Class in LE Service Territory”
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals

    Hears and decides appeals for variances from the literal enforcement of the terms of the Zoning Code.


    Meeting: 1st Tuesday of each month at 9 AM in the City Commission Chamber (228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801)


    Members: Seven members

    Financial Disclosure is required.


Appointment Procedures


  • Application Procedures

    All interested residents are encouraged to submit an application to: 

    City Clerk's Office
    Attn: Deborah Cason
    228 S Massachusetts Avenue
    Lakeland, FL 33801

    -or-

    Email Deborah Cason | Fax: 863.834.8204

    Be sure to SAVE your application before filling it out!

    After your application has been received, the following process occurs:

    1. Your name is entered into a database of “potential members.”
    2. When an opening occurs, a Municipal Boards & Committees meeting is called and prospective members are chosen from the respective Board or Committee database.
    3. The Municipal Boards & Committees Board is comprised of three City Commissioners who then recommend prospective members to the full City Commission for a final appointment.

     

  • Attendance

    Most advisory groups meet once a month. Excessive absenteeism is cause for removal of a board or committee member. If a member of a committee fails to attend more than 25% of the scheduled meetings during any 12-month period, he or she automatically vacates their position on the committee.

  • Terms
    • Members shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years and may not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms; after having served two consecutive three-year terms, members may not be eligible for reappointment until after the expiration of three (3) years. Any period of membership in excess of 18 months shall be considered a full term of office.
    • Exceptions to the above are the Drug Related Nuisance Abatement Board, whose members may be reappointed without limitation, and the Lakeland Housing Authority Board, Lakeland Police Pension Board, Lakeland Fire Pension Board and Public Employees Relations Commission (LPERC) whose members shall serve four (4) year terms.
    • Members of all standing Boards and Committees, except the Lakeland Housing Authority Board and Nuisance Abatement Board, shall be appointed by the City Commission. Those boards shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the Commission’s approval.
    • No person may serve on more than one board or committee, unless such service is required by law.
    • Each Board or Committee shall elect its chairperson on an annual basis and no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms as chairperson.
    • Except where professional qualifications, special skills, or occupational requirements are necessary for membership, each Board or Committee, where possible and practical, shall be represented by at least one member from each quadrant or district of the City.