City Commission

Commisioner HollandMayor Michael L. Holland
Seat #: 2
Current Term of Seat: 01/2019 - 12/2022

Biography: Commissioner Michael L. Holland is a Eustis native and graduate of Eustis High School. He attended Lake Sumter State College and graduated from Gupton-Jones College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Holland is the 3rd generation of his family to call Eustis home. While in high school, he worked in his grandparent's furniture store, where he learned the importance of hard work and personal responsibility.Holland has served grieving families as a funeral director for thirty years. He is currently a regional general manager for the Foundation Partners Group, managing funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the state of Florida. Holland was elected to the Eustis City Commission in  2008 where he served for eight years as a commissioner, vice mayor, and mayor. During his time on commission, he served on the Board of Directors of Lake County EMS and was Chair of the Operations Committee. He also has served two terms as president of the Lake County League of Cities and served four years on the Board of Directors for The Florida League of Cities. Michael Holland currently serves as the chair of the Alee Academy Advisory Board and the in-coming president of the Lake Sumter State College Foundation Board. 


Headshot of Commissioner Emily LeeVice Mayor Emily A. Lee
Seat #: 5
Current Term of Seat: 4/2019 - 12/2024

Biography: Emily Lee received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Masters of Science in Counseling from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota. Her career includes teaching, school counselor, juvenile probation officer, Lake County Director of Children's Services, and Devereau Kids Neighborhood Facilitator. Appointed by Governor Scott to the Lake Sumter State College Trustee Board for two terms, she served as the Trustee representative to the Lake Sumter State College Foundation. For the past twenty years, Lee served the Lake County Community by developing and coordinating the implementation of programs to improve the lives of children and families. Those programs include the Early Learning Coalition; Big Blue Bus Program; Tavares Boundless Playground and the Bates Avenue Resource Center. Her three sons and their children are her greatest source of joy and pride. Lee takes great joy and satisfaction from being involved in the community. She is prepared to make a difference by serving as Interim Commissioner based on her career achievements and experiences. 

Headshot portrait of Commissioner Karen LeHeup-SmithCommissioner Karen LeHeup-Smith
Seat #: 1
Current Term of Seat: 01/2019 - 12/2022

Biography: Raised by parents active in their community, Eustis native Karen LeHeup-Smith understood from an early age that being a part of a community requires a commitment to service. A graduate of Eustis High School and National-Louis University, Karen has served two separate terms on the Eustis City Commission including as Mayor in 2010.Karen is a Senior Registered Sales Associate with the Belton Financial Group of Raymond James.  With a “client first” directive, Karen is glad to be associated with a group that helps individuals realize their retirement dreams.  Karen’s passion is working as a Board member of LEASH,inc in supporting local animal shelters.  She adores Duke Elvis – a rescue hound and is the servant to her cats.  Karen has one adult son that continues to make her proud. Karen is honored to serve the people of Eustis.  She commits to her community that she will serve with dignity, knowledge and humor.

Willie Hawkins Head Shot

Commissioner Willie Hawkins
Seat #: 3
Current Term of Seat: 1/2021 - 12/2024

Biography: Willie Hawkins is a longtime resident of Eustis, Florida and has spent the majority of his life dedicated to public service. He has recently retired as a Supervisory Special Agent who served over twenty-six years with the Department of Justice. Willie is a US military veteran having served in the US Air Force. He is actively involved in the Eustis community where he volunteers and supports youth education, sports, and music. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Saint Leo’s University.

CommissiCommissioner Nan Cobb Headshot oner Nan Cobb

Seat #: 4
Current Term of Seat: 1/2021 - 12/2024

Biography: Nan Cobb is well-known in Lake County having assisted Sheriff Peyton Grinnell and former Sheriff Gary Borders with their election campaigns, a board member of ALEE Academy & the Lake County Sheriff's Charities. She is also the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Lake County representative for the City of Eustis along with the Creative Living Superintendent for the Lake County Fair.


For additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 10 N. Grove St., Eustis, Florida 32726, by phone at (352) 483-5441 or by email at

Contact the Commission: Correspondence addressed to the Eustis City Commission at will be viewed by the entire Commission. Correspondence may also be sent to to the postal address listed below:

Eustis City Commission P.O. Drawer 68 Eustis, FL 32727-0068

Government Style
The City of Eustis has a council-manager form of government. The Commission consists of five Commission seats. Commissioners are elected for four-year terms, with elections held in even-numbered years. Elections are non-partisan. Elections for Seats 3, 4, and 5 are held in presidential election years. Commission terms begin in January of the year following the election.

Live Streaming Video

Meeting Schedule
The City Commission meetings are on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Room, 10 N. Grove St.