Board Members

Daniel Akin, Chairman

Daniel Akin


Chairman Akin, a lifelong resident of LaBelle, was appointed City Commission as Tax Assessor Commissioner in 2010. He has served as the City representative on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation. Daniel was appointed Vice-Mayor by his fellow Commissioners in 2012 and has served on the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board since 2015.

Bobbie Spratt, City Commissioner

Bobbie Spratt

City Commissioner

Bobbie Spratt has served on the Swamp Cabbage Committee, as a Chamber Director and has volunteered for various other community events. She is a veteran educator of 44 years in Florida Public Schools, living in LaBelle and working in Hendry County Schools since 1973. After getting married in June 1974, she and her husband moved to Clermont for 6 months but both missed LaBelle, so they moved back in December of ’74, never to leave again.

Mitchell Wills, County Commissioner

Mitchell Wills

County Commissioner

Mitchell was born an raised in Hendry County. He graduated from LaBelle High School. Mitch began his career with the County over 20 years ago. In 2016, he gained a seat as Commissioner for District 3. County Commissioner Mitchell Wills has been a member of the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board for many years.

Emory “Rowdy” Howard, County Commissioner

Emory “Rowdy” Howard

County Commissioner

Emory “Rowdy” Howard is a fifth generation and lifelong resident of LaBelle. Rowdy is retired from the Lee County Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Department of 29 years. He also has served on various boards and committees in Lee and Hendry Counties. He lives in LaBelle with his wife of thirty four years and two grandchildren.

Paul Samerdyke, Schoolboard Member

Paul Samerdyke

Schoolboard Member

Paul Samerdyke is a 35-year resident of LaBelle, where he has lived with his wife of 38 years and their four (4) children. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a dedicated public servant to the residents of Hendry County through his 35-year career with the Florida Department of Education; as past President of the Hendry County Education Association; and currently as President of the Port LaBelle Utility System Board.