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  • Weech named Interim Polk County Fire Rescue Chief

    Bartow, Fla. (May 8, 2019) — County Manager Jim Freeman today announced the appointment of Robert Weech as Interim Fire Chief for Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR).

    Weech joined PCFR in February 2017 as Deputy Fire Chief of Logistics and Special Services. He began his firefighting career with the City of Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue in 1999 and worked through the ranks to become the assistant chief...

  • Fire Chief Tony Stravino Set to Retire

    Bartow, Fla. (May 7, 2019) — In an early morning meeting with Polk County Manager Jim Freeman and Deputy County Manager Joe Halman, Fire Chief Tony Stravino provided notice of his retirement from the division within 30 days.  

    Stravino has provided the citizens and visitors of the State of Florida with over 40 years of service, including more than two and a half years of service to...

  • Boil Water Notice Rescinded for Sand Hill Point Circle area

    Bartow, Fla. (May 3, 2019) — Polk County Utilities has rescinded a PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE for customers located on Sand Hill Point Circle within the Northeast Region Public Water System.

    This PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE was issued following a water main break on May 1 that caused reduced pressure. It remained in effect until water sampling analysis were completed by Polk County...

  • MEDIA ADVISORY

    Bartow, Fla. (May 6, 2019) —  The Board of County Commissioners will have a board/staff work session to discuss the Post-Incident Analysis of the November 23, 2018 residential structure fire in rural Lakeland. Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) will be giving the presentation, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. or shortly thereafter in the County Commission Boardroom on Tuesday,...

  • An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories at Polk County History Center

    Bartow, Fla (May 3, 2019) – The Polk County History Center, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council and Bartow’s Community Relations Committee, will hold a special event at 5:30 p.m. May 18, as part of the Race & Culture Lecture series.

    A main feature of the evening’s entertainment, Dr. Kitty Oliver will provide the jazz cabaret performance, “An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored...

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