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Don Elwell, County Commissioner - District 2

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Office: 863-402-6500

Cell: 863-381-5622

Fax: 863-402-6835



Term: November 2014 November 2018

Elected November 2010.

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2017-2018 Board and Committee Assignments

Highlands County Board of County Commissioners – 
Highlands County Budget Liaison

Central Florida Regional Planning Council - Voting Member
Children's Services Council
Long Range Transportation
Heartland Library Cooperative - Treasurer/Voting Member

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board - Chair
Recreation & Parks Advisory Committee
Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization - Voting Member

Additional Community / Regional Assignments
Heartland Crime stoppers - Chair
FAC Florida County Foundation Board - Voting Member
Salvation Army of Highlands County - Treasurer

Born & raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Commissioner Don Elwell moved to Highlands County in September of 2002. Don has lived in Florida for over half of his life, graduating with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Commissioner Elwell began his 25+ year career in management in the hospitality and retail industries, serving as executive management for hotels in the Palm Beaches, Las Vegas, and the Atlanta area before offered the opportunity to return to Florida and relocate to Highlands County. Currently, Don also serves as the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Alan Jay Automotive Network.

During his nearly 15 years in Highlands County, Commissioner Elwell has worked hard to immerse himself in the community he has fallen in love with, serving on twenty different boards & committees while volunteering for dozens more events and organizations each year. He regularly tries to reach out to his constituents through two town ­hall meetings per year, having held twelve such meetings so far since his election in 2010.

Personally, Don is married to his wonderful wife, Sheri, and they have a total of seven (7) terrific children and (soon to­ be) seven (7) grandchildren between them. When not trying to keep tabs on his ever-­growing family, Commissioner Elwell is a die­hard sports fan, much to the good­-natured chagrin of his (mostly) tolerant spouse. He is an avid supporter of the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears and Bulls, while also cheering on many different Florida college & pro teams as well. Commissioner Elwell and his family are proud to currently reside in the Spring Lake area.