Meet Your Commissioners

Highlands County
Board of County Commissioners

Group Picture of the County Commissioners
(Harris, Brooks, Tuck, Handley, Elwell)

Highlands County is a non-charter county established under the Constitution and laws of the State of Florida.  The County is governed by the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners.  The County is divided into five (5) districts, each represented by a seat on the County Commission.

Each member of the Commission is required to live with the district they represent.  Seats are elected county-wide and serve a four-year term.  Elections are staggered with even and odd number districts up for election every other election cycle.

To find out what District you live in Click Here.

District 1 - James Brooks (2018/2019 Chair)
District 2 - Don Elwell
District 3 - Ron Handley (2018/2019 Vice Chair)
District 4 - Arlene Tuck
District 5 - R. Greg Harris

The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative branch and governing body of Highlands County Government, as established under Section 125 of the Florida Statutes. The Board legislates policy to protect the health, welfare, safety and quality of life of residents of Highlands County.

County Commissioners have a number of responsibilities, which include but are not limited to:
  • Performing legislative functions of government by developing policy for the management of Highlands County.
  • Adopting ordinances and resolutions to establish public policy.
  • Reviewing, adopting and adjusting the County's annual budget and authoring expenditures.
  • Reviewing, adjusting and adopting the County's Capital Financial Strategy, which is a schedule of all County infrastructure projects.
  • Taking action on any programs to improve the County and the welfare of its residents.
  • Appointing the County Administrator and County Attorney..
  • Appointing individuals to serve on various advisory and regulatory boards.
  • Serving on local, regional and state boards.
More information about the powers and duties of the County Commissioners can be found in Florida Statute Chapter 125.01.

MEETINGS:Calendar graphic
The Board meets at the Highlands County Government Center Boardroom located at 600 S. Commerce Avenue in Sebring, Florida on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9:00 am. 

The Board meetings are broadcast live on Channel 3 and via the Internet.  Minutes of the meetings can be obtained online (click here) or by request.