At the June 12 city commission meeting, commissioners Michael S. Sparkman and William D. Dodson took the oath of office, pledging to serve the citizens of Plant City with unwavering dedication and integrity.
In the Group Three seat, Dodson was re-elected after he was qualified without opposition. Dodson has served on the city commission for more than 20 years.
“I have a great attitude looking forward that we’ll continue to make certain we make the best possible decisions for the community,” he said.
In the Group Four seat, Sparkman won re-election in April after winning 55.69% of the vote, besting challenger Jeremy Griner. Sparkman has been serving as commissioner for almost 30 years.
Commissioners serve three-year terms.
During the meeting the city commission also convened to appoint a mayor to lead the city through the upcoming year. After careful consideration, Mayor Nate Kilton, who has been mayor since 2022, will continue to serve as the mayor of Plant City. His first order of business was selecting Commissioner Mary T. Mathis, who has been serving as a commissioner since 2000, to serve as vice-mayor.