City Commission Bios

City Commission Meeting

The Winter Park City Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 3:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.

City Government in Winter Park

Winter Park was first chartered in 1887 and the present Commission-Manager form of government was adopted in 1949. The governing body is composed of four Commissioners and a Mayor who are elected for three year terms by a city-wide non-partisan election.

The City Commission appoints the City Attorney, the City Manager and numerous advisory board members. The City Manager appoints department heads, subject to Commission confirmation. The City Manager appoints all other employees.

The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for carrying out Commission policies through the professionally trained and experienced staff.

At Commission meetings, those who wish to be heard on matters on the agenda are urged to inform the City Manager prior to the meeting. When called, participants are asked to come forward, give their names and addresses and speak on the subject under discussion.

Persons interested in a subject which is not on the agenda will be heard under the titles “Citizen Comments” and “New Business.”

Suggestions

If you wish to make a suggestion or complaint, call or email the appropriate department listed on our contact us page.

At each meeting the Commission follows an order of business which is prepared on the preceding Monday. Subjects on the agenda are investigated thoroughly by the staff so that the Commission can have all available facts at the meeting before making a decision. The major items of business are:

  • Meeting Called to Order
  • Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Citizens Comments
  • Mayor’s Report
  • Consent Agenda
  • Action Items with Discussion
  • Public Hearings
  • City Attorney’s Report
  • Non-Action Items
  • New Business (Public)
  • New Business (City Commission)

Business presented to the Commission is disposed of by one of the following actions:

Ordinances

  • An ordinance or amendment is a “Legislative Act” and requires two readings at separate Commission meetings.

Resolutions

  • A resolution expresses the policy of the Commission or directs certain types of administrative action. It requires only one reading and may be changed by a subsequent resolution.