Neil Combee was first elected to the County Commission in 1988 and served until 2004. He was re-elected in the 2020 general election.
Combee, a Polk County native, attended what is now Polk State College and Florida State University. His goal as Commissioner is to preserve the rural character of Polk’s unincorporated areas and work to keep the county an affordable place for our residents. During his time at the county, Combee also wants to create a system and schedule for an external review of all operations, which are funded by Polk’s taxpayers.
Following his initial service to the Board, he was appointed in 2005 to the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and served until 2012. Combee subsequently served in the Florida House of Representatives until 2017, when he was appointed by President Donald Trump as state executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Born in Polk County
- Resides in Lakeland
- Wife, Linda, two grown children and three grandchildren and one on the way