About Us

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Our Mission:

Okeechobee County will provide responsive government services to its citizens in a well-managed, cost effective, fiscally sound, policy driven manner. All services provided shall benefit the health, safety and welfare of the community.

Our Vision:

A Community with a small town environment that fosters a desirable place to live, work and play

In addition:

  • Okeechobee County is the 54th County in the State of Florida, established on May 8, 1917, from segments of Osceola, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties
  • It gains its name from the Hitchiti Indian words oka (water) and chobi (big).
  • County Seat:  Okeechobee
  • Square Miles:   769 (land) and 123 (water); with a Population of 39,997
  •  Okeechobee County operates under the Administrative Form of Government.
  • The Board of County Commission is a 5 member board, elected at large, but must live in the District in which they are elected, for a 4 year term.
  • The Board of County Commission enacts Ordinances and adopts Resolutions but hires an Administrator to execute policy and oversee the various departments.

Fair Housing Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, and Facility/Service not Accessible:

County residents may contact the following persons with questions or complaints regarding:

1.   Fair Housing Discrimination (not loan foreclosures): Bill Royce, Community Development at (863) 763-5548
      and Kelley Conrad, Budget Director at  (863) 763-9312.

2.   Employment Discrimination or Handicap Accessibility relating to the Board of County Commissioners:      
       Deborah Manzo, County Administrator at (863) 763-6441; or Mariah  Anuez, HR Director at (863) 763-9312 x1.

3.   Facility Accessibility:  Donnie Oden, Director of Facilities Maintenance and Development Services at (863) 763-0805  
      or  Kenny Murphy, Facilities Maintenance at (863) 357-7007

4.   Accessibility of Services:  Deborah Manzo, County Administrator or Tracy Rowland, Executive Assistant at
      (863) 763-6441.