Melony M. Bell, Chairman
330 W. Church St., Bartow, Florida
P.O. Box 9005
Bartow, Florida 33831-9005
Since she was elected to office in 2010, Commissioner Melony Bell has been a champion for the arts, economic development, education and youth outreach.
In 2012, she oversaw the effort to restore the allocation of a portion of the tourist tax for promotion of arts and cultural events that attract overnight visitors. In addition to the arts, Commissioner Bell is committed to the growth and development of Polk and also is passionate about maintaining the small-town character that defines this county. She was chosen by her peers to serve as the 2012-2013 board chairman after serving as vice chairman the year before.
Prior to serving on the board, Commissioner Bell served as Fort Meade mayor for three terms and as a Fort Meade city commissioner for 14 years. She also is a graduate of Bartow Leadership, Fort Meade Leadership and Polk Leadership.