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Code Enforcement Special Magistrate

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The Code Enforcement Special Magistrate conducts hearings to determine whether a violation of the Polk County Land Development Code, or an ordinance of Polk County within the Special Magistrate jurisdiction, has been violated, and upon finding that a violation has occurred, imposes fines, costs and liens against the violators.

The Code Enforcement Special Magistrate meets at 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the County Commission Boardroom.

Special Magistrates

  • Tiffany Stanton-Hawks, Esquire (Special Magistrate)
  • David Maldonado, Esquire (Appellate Special Magistrate)
  • Jillian Spangler (Alternate Special Magistrate and Alternate Appellate Special Magistrate)

Qualifications for Special Magistrates/How to Apply

Code Enforcement Special Magistrates shall be attorneys who are in good standing with the Florida Bar Association. Those attorneys shall reside in, or have a place of business within Polk County, and should possess an outstanding reputation for business and professional ability, civil pride and community development.

All magistrates shall be appointed for a term of two years and may be reappointed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. Despite the term for which they were appointed, all magistrates serve at the pleasure of the Board, and are not employees of Polk County. If any magistrate fails to attend two of their designated hearings without good cause, the position shall be considered vacant and the Board shall promptly fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

Meeting Schedules

Hearing ScheduleSpecial Magistrate 2023
January 19, 2023Tiffany Hawks
February 16, 2023Tiffany Hawks
March 16, 2023Tiffany Hawks
April 20, 2023Tiffany Hawks
May 18, 2023Tiffany Hawks
June 15, 2023Tiffany Hawks
July 20, 2023Tiffany Hawks
August 17, 2023Tiffany Hawks
September 21, 2023Tiffany Hawks
October 19, 2023Tiffany Hawks
November 16, 2023Tiffany Hawks
December 13, 2023Tiffany Hawks