City Government

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 the day-to-day operations of more than 600 employees.

Winter Haven is a full-service City, providing services in the areas of Police, Fire, Water and Sewer Utilities, Solid Waste, Roads and Drainage, Building Permitting and Inspections, Planning, Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Cemeteries, and multiple internal support functions. The current population is 53,000; however, the greater service area is estimated at 83,000.