Phone: (863) 534-6434
Office Address: 330 W. Church Street, Bartow.
Mailing Address: Drawer BC01, P.O. Box 9005, Bartow, Florida 33831-9005.
Executive Assistant: Kay Hodgkins
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Commissioner Melony Bell was elected to the board in November 2010. Since entering office, Commissioner Bell has been a champion for the arts, economic development, education and youth outreach.
In 2012, she shepherded 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 County and is also passionate about maintaining the small-town character that defines Polk. She was chosen by her peers to serve as the 2012-13 board chairman after serving as vice chair in 2011-12.
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 is also a graduate of Bartow Leadership, Fort Meade Leadership and Polk Leadership.
- Born in Fort Meade, Fla.
- Resides in Fort Meade, Fla.
- Husband Robbie; two daughters
- Southeastern University, Business/prof. Leadership, B.S.
- South Florida State College, Communications, A.A.