COUNCIL INFORMATION AND DUTIES
The Umatilla City Council is comprised of five city residents elected at large during municipal elections held on even numbered years. The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office runs the city election in tandem with County, State, and Federal elections. The term of office is four (4) years.
In November 2012, the city voters approved a referendum question (Resolution 2012-15) placing term limits of twelve (12) consecutive years or three (3) terms upon the elected office of Council member.
Terms for City Council Seats are staggered: Council Seats 1, 2, and 3 are up for election in one cycle and Council Seats 4 and 5 are up for election in the next cycle. An election for Seats 4 and 5 was most recently held in November 2014 with the terms ending in December 2018. The next City Council election will be held in November 2018. The election for Council Seats 1, 2, and 3 as well as the Mayor's position was most recently held in November 2016 and will be up for election again in November 2020.
Under the City Charter, the City Council is the legislative power of the City of Umatilla and has the power to: levy and collect taxes upon all property, occupations, privileges, professions, services and utilities taxable according to law; to appropriate money for the payment of debts and expenses of the City and the municipal corporation and to make regulations for the health, safety, peace and well-being of all of its citizens; to establish hospitals, jails, houses of detention, or correction, to provide police and fire protection, waste collection, water, power and gas service, transportation, public assemblage, cultural and educational facilities, streets, roads, avenues, sidewalks, sewers and sewerage equipment, illumination of streets and public places; provide parks and recreational areas, civil defense, defense and protection, food and health laws, fair weights and measures, removal of noxious activities, to imprison according to law and punish by imprisonment, fine or punish by hard labor, to provide and enforce building and construction requirements, to examine and license business, activities and professions, to own and lease public buildings, to own, lease, purchase and sell real and personal property, control waterways and waters, erect and own docks, seawalls and water control devices; to investigate charges against councilmen, officers or employees in such other matters as the Council shall determine to conduct meetings of such investigation, and for such purpose issue subpoenas and compel attendance of persons with any books, records or exhibits and to administer the necessary oaths for such investigation, and to do all things recognized by the State of Florida and the United States as municipal functions for any municipal corporation created under the laws of the State of Florida, and to do all things necessary to this act. The enumeration herein of specific powers shall in nowise be construed to be words of limitation but shall be construed to be in addition to any authorities, powers, rights or duties, usually conducted or connected with municipal corporations and city governments in the State of Florida
Council President - City Council Seat #2 - Laura Kelley Wright
Laura K. Wright has been a business owner in Umatilla for over twenty years. She and her husband Tracy are proprietors of Moss Gate Bed & Breakfast.
Mrs. Wright is an active volunteer in Umatilla Schools and the First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Wright was sworn into office as Mayor in January 2013 and resigned that position to apply for Council Seat #2 after Ballin "Donnie" Kent resigned to apply for the open City Manager position. The City Council selected Ms. Wright to fill Council Seat #2 on February 3, 2015.
Mrs. Wright was sworn in for her second Council term in January 2017. Her current term runs through the end of 2020.
Council Vice President - City Council Seat #1 - Brian Butler
Brian Butler has been a resident of the city for the past eight years. He has been involved in helping the youth in our community by coaching soccer
and Pop Warner Football. He is a member of the Umatilla High School Booster Club and the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Butler was born in Eustis and raised in Zellwood. He and his wife Diana have seven children and five grandchildren between them. They attend First Baptist Church Umatilla.
Mr. Butler previously served as Mayor and was sworn in for his first term as Council member in January 2017. His current term runs through the end of 2020.
Mr. Butler wouild like to see continued growth in city businesses and residences while Umatilla maintains its small town appeal. He would like to be the voice of the community.
He welcomes all suggestions and comments and may be contacted by email at email@example.com
City Council Seat #3 - Eric A. Olson
Eric Olson has been a resident of Umatilla for eight years. Mr. Olson was first sworn into office in January 2010 and was sworn in for his third Council
Mr. Olson is a member of the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce, the CRA Board, and the National Association of Life Underwriters.
Mr. Olson sought office from a desire to see some changes in the city and to be a voice for the citizens of Umatilla.
"I would like to see controlled growth in the city and more involvement with the citizens of Umatilla pertaining to issues they would like to see done and also the revitalization of the downtown area."
City Council Seat #4 - H Scott Purvis
Katherine "Kaye" Adams – City Council Seat #5
Kaye has been involved in the Umatilla Historical Society Museum as the past Secretary and currently holds the office of President. She is an active volunteer at the First Baptist Church of Umatilla on the Emergency Response Team.
Kaye worked at United Southern Bank in Umatilla for 37 years and retired from banking in 2016 as Vice President of Operations.
Kaye Adams was sworn into office on January 6, 2015. Her current term runs through the end of 2018.