OUR BOARD OF CITY COMMISSIONERS
We'd like to introduce our Board of City Commissioners. We encourage residents to take part in their community and in doing so, invite you to partake in Commission meetings (click here) for the City of Mulberry, held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
GEORGE H. HATCH
Native Mulberrian, Mayor George Hatch graduated from Mulberry High School in 1968, and graduated USF in 1972- with a BA in math and education, and a minor in voice. He received his MA from Rollins College in 1978 in Administration & Supervision K-12. He worked at Mulberry High School from August 1972 to June 2008, with one year at Fort Meade Middle as an Assistant Principal. He was in the classroom for 12 years, Assistant Principal for 12 years and Principal for 12 years. He was elected as mayor of the great City of Mulberry in 2010 to present.
Term Expires: 4/2022
Commissioner Collins Smith was elected to Seat #5 in 2001 and has served the City Commission unopposed. He has also served as the Vice Mayor since 2006. The Vice-Mayor presides in the Mayor’s absence. A Mulberry native, Collins Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He retired from the Polk County School Board in 2003. Collins “Coach” Smith is the Commission liaison to the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), the Mulberry Kiwanis and several other Boards. Collins and his wife Ellestine, have four children and ten grandchildren.
Term Expires: 4/2023
Commissioner Maria McClintock grew up in Mulberry and graduated from Mulberry High School. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Political Science from the University of South Florida. She currently works as a stay at home mom. She is also a member of Mulberry’s Creative Coalition and has been working alongside other residents to come up with innovative solutions for Mulberry. Maria and her husband John have been married 4 years.
Term Expires 4/2022
I was born and raised in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. I attended the State University of New York at Alfred. I retired from Dupont in the Accounting Department traveling between Buffalo and Wilmington, Delaware. My husband and I sold our home in 2008 and bought a motorhome. We were snowbirds until 2012 when we bought our home in Mulberry. I served as treasurer of the HOA for four years while working part time at Kohls as a cashier. My husband and I have 7 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Term Expires 4/2023
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Commissioner Kevin McAteer moved to Mulberry in 2011. He worked for the City of Warwick School Department of Transportation and served on the Executive Board of the Warwick Municipal employee Union. Presently he is a 4th-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus, Florida counsel 13907. Has two sons, Kevin Jr., and Shawn; and raised his niece Melissa. He has 9 grandchildren..
Term Expires: 4/2022
I was born in New York, moved to Florida when I was 6. At that time I became a student of Polk County Public Schools from second grade until graduating from George Jenkins High School in 1999. I have been employed by the Polk County School Board since 2001. I served two terms as Executive Vice President of AFSCME Local 2227, the Union that represents bus drivers/attendants, school nutrition assistants, custodial staff, and maintenance/warehouse employees of the Polk County School System. Early on I was asked to be the membership chair.
I have lived in Mulberry since 2011. In 2018 I joined in membership with First Baptist Church of Mulberry. I am a student of John C. Maxwell, who has written many books on team building and leadership. I advocate for supporting local small businesses as they are the life blood of any community. In recent months I have been getting involved with community events. I would like to thank the voters of Mulberry who trusted me with their vote of confidence on April 5th.
As a newly elected Commissioner I would like to get to know you. Give me a call at 863-354-0759 to plan a cup of coffee upon Drica's opening at the Mulberry Public Library.
Term Expires 4/2023