The City of Winter Haven operates under a Council-Manager form of Government. Five elected City Commissioners are responsible for City policy. The City Manager, who reports to the Commission, is responsible for day-to-day operations. The City has a 530+ workforce and a proposed budget of $181 Million for the Fiscal Year 2021/2022.
Winter Haven is a “full-service” City, providing services in the areas of Police, Fire, Water & Sewer Utilities, Solid Waste, Roads & Drainage, Building Permitting and Inspections, Planning, Parks & Recreation, Libraries, Cemeteries, and multiple internal support functions. The current population within the City limits is 49,219; however, the greater service area is estimated at 83,000.
As an organization the City recognizes, embraces, and celebrates the diversity of the greater community it serves, and strives to include these unique voices, ideas and culture in all aspects of City services. An employee driven Diversity & Inclusivity Team works to instill that sentiment within the workforce, while the Director of Diversity & Inclusivity helps maintain healthy and productive dialogue with citizens, businesses and interest groups. The Public Safet...y Department is presently establishing a Citizen Advisory Committee to further engage the community in conversations related to law enforcement, fire protection, and code compliance.