About Citrus Connection

Board of Directors

Commissioner George Lindsey – Chairman

Commissioner Don Selvage

Commissioner John Hall

Commissioner Phillip Walker

Commissioner Jim Malless


George Lindsey


Commissioner George Lindsey was first elected to the BoCC in 2012 and was re-elected withouth opposition in 2016. He served as the 2014-2015 BoCC chairman. He has worked to attract new employers and remove barriers to the expansion of existing businesses in Polk County. He also is working to increase partnerships between the county and municipalities on matters such as planning, water supply and parks. Lindsey currently serves as the chair of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative.

Prior to his service as a commissioner, Commissioner Lindsey served on the Polk County Charter Review Commission in 2001 and as its chair in 2009. He also served on the Polk County Comprehensive Plan Committee and numerous other city and county citizen advisory committees. He was elected chairman in 2014.

Don Selvage


Elected to the city commission in 2009, Don chairs the Real Estate & Transportation Committee and is a member of the Utility Committee and Municipal Boards & Committees.  He also serves on the boards of Lakeland Area Mass Transit District Board, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Sun ‘n Fun, Polk Transit Authority, and the Transportation Planning Organization.

Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring as a colonel before coming to Lakeland in 1999. He is the owner of SHR Human Resources, LLC. Active in many civic and professional organizations, Don holds a degree in Political Science from Ohio State University and advanced degrees in Administration and National Security Affairs from Central Michigan University and Salve Regina College respectively.

John Hall


Fiscal responsibility, efficiency, community service and transparency in government continue to be Commissioner John Hall’s top priorities while in office. Elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, Hall also is committed to furthering economic development, improving the overall business climate and increasing public involvement.

Commissioner Hall is a certified public manager who worked for Polk County government for 34 years. He served 24 of those years in a management positions within the facilities management, code enforcement and building divisions.

Hall is a cattle rancher and the president and owner of Polk Community Association Management. He was elected chairman in 2015.

Phillip Walker


Phillip Walker graduated from Kathleen High School and has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has been the owner and agency principal of a Lakeland Allstate Insurance agency since 1991. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Walker was a Lakeland Police Officer. In 2000, Phillip received the Polk Mentoring Award from Governor Jeb Bush. He presently serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Hospice, Christ Community Christian Center Church, Board of Trustees for McKeel Schools of Technology and a member of other organizations. As a City Commissioner, Mr. Walker serves on the following committees: Legislative Committee, Utility Committee, Finance Committee, Real Estate and Transportation, and the Transportation Planning Organization. He is also Founder and Board Member of the Lakeland/Polk County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and past chair for Florida League of Cities, Growth Management and Economic Affairs serving on the Florida League of Cities Advocacy Committee.

Mr. Walker is married to Cappie D. Cooke and they have three children, Janelle, Jaela, and Christian Phillip, and one granddaughter, Zoë. There are also two other young men who are a part of his immediate family, Tony and John Eric.

Jim Malless


Jim Malless was born in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis.  He earned his Masters in Public Affairs.  Jim worked for Indianapolis and the State of Indiana before moving to Lakeland to work for Polk County.  His work experience has given him an extensive background in public finance, budgeting and planning and zoning.

He owns Wiley & Malless, LLC a real estate firm and Wireless Planning Services, LLC.  WPS is a consulting firm that specializes in zoning and permitting of cellular towers

Jim serves as chair for the Mayor’s taskforce on Ordinances, Rules and Regulations.  He also serves on the Community Development committee, TDC Arts & Culture Committee, Transportation Planning Organization, Finance Committee and Utility Committee. His commitment to the quality of life in Lakeland extends to his private endeavors. He serves a variety of organizations: Kiwanis Club of Lakeland since 1999, Club President, board member of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, board member of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Advisory Board, member of the Board of Governors the Polk Museum of Art, and Leadership Lakeland XXIV.