Don Elwell, County Commissioner - District 2
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Term: November 2014 November 2018
Elected November 2010.
2016-2017 Board and Committee Assignments
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners – Board Chair, 2016-2017
Highlands County Budget Liaison
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.