Community Development Staff
Green Plaza, PO Box 186, Auburndale, FL 33823, (863) 965-5530
Director, Amy Palmer, AICP,
responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the
Community Development Department for the City of Auburndale
which includes Construction Services, Planning, and Economic
Development. Amy previously held this position from
2002-2006 during the housing bubble and economic boom.
Times are very changed for Community Development
and she has the added responsibility of
implementing an economic development strategy for the City.
two stints for the City of Auburndale, Amy was Senior
Business Development Manager for Polk County’s Central
Florida Development Council (CFDC), where she gained
economic development experience and was responsible for the
Business Retention and Expansion Program.
her undergraduate degree with a double major in Political
Science and Sociology and a minor in English from Catawba
College in Salisbury, NC. Amy has a Master of Science
Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State
University. She has been a member of the American Institute
of Certified Planners since 2005. She is also Chair for the
Heart of Florida Section of the Florida Chapter of the
American Planning Association.
Amy and her
husband Andy live in Winter Haven where she enjoys
entertaining family and friends, cooking, and trying to keep
up with her active toddler.
City Planner, Jesse Pearson,
Jesse Pearson is the City
Planner for the City of Auburndale. His task is to verify
Future Land Use and Zoning classifications on properties
within the City’s jurisdiction. He also researches, analyzes
data, prepares various reports and ordinances as well as
helps citizens with any questions they may have regarding
various city projects. Jesse has 17 years of planning
experience which includes federal census information
coordination, school facility planning, various county land
use projects, and intergovernmental coordination. He has
served on planning advisory boards as well as on the Polk
County Planning Commission. Jesse is outgoing and enjoys
working with the public.
Building Official, Mickey Matison,
As building official,
Mickey is responsible for the enforcement of Codes and
Statutes pertaining to the Florida Building Code as well as
the Land Development Regulations for the City of Auburndale
and FEMA requirements with regards to construction. Mickey
is also responsible for the issuance of Business Tax
Receipts and works closely with the City's Code Compliance
Mickey came to Auburndale
as Building Official in 2004 after beginning his Building
Code enforcement career with Polk County. There he served as
inspector, inspection supervisor and Building Official.
Mickey is active in the
Peace River Chapter of BOAF where he served as Chapter
President. He is also a member of the Winter Haven Pilots
Association, serves on the City of Winter Haven Affordable
Housing Advisory Committee and is active with Habitat for
Humanity of East Polk County.
In his free time, Mickey
enjoys flying and spending time with his family both here
and at their mountain home in Georgia.
Building Inspector, James Wallace,
Permit Technician, Kathryn Henson,