U.S. Highway 27 runs north to south through the middle of Highlands County. Three incorporated municipalities, like pearls on a necklace, lay in a line: Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid. Each is governed by an elected mayor and council.
Sebring is the county seat and day-to-day affairs are managed by a city administrator. The five-member city council meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The council is responsible for the budget and sets the city’s direction, meetings are broadcast on cable television.
The city employs more than 150 people, including 32 full-time police officers and 23 full-time firefighters. Sebring provides water, sewer and solid waste management and has an experienced staff providing planning, zoning and building inspections. Garbage collection is done with state-of-the-art hydraulic trucks and yard waste pick-ups are scheduled regularly.
Two full-time employees administer the daily affairs of the seven-member Community Redevelopment Agency Board, all of whom are appointed by the city council. The CRA has become a strong and innovative leader in revitalizing downtown.
The historic County Courthouse, built in 1927, anchors the modern Highlands County Government Center in downtown Sebring. The tax collector, property appraiser, county commission offices, county planning and zoning and engineering departments are all located there. The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is one block away.