Elected to the city commission in 2009, Don chairs the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors and the Mayor’s Task Force on Broadband. He's also the current Chairman of the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and is a member of the Utility Committee and Municipal Boards & Committees. He also serves on the boards of Lakeland Area Mass Transit District Board, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Sun 'n Fun, Polk Transit Authority, and the Transportation Planning Organization.
Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring as a colonel before coming to Lakeland in 1999. He is the owner of SHR Human Resources, LLC. Active in many civic and professional organizations, Don holds a degree in Political Science from Ohio State University and advanced degrees in Administration and National Security Affairs from Central Michigan University and Salve Regina College respectively.