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. 

LeHeup Smith Vice Mayor Headshot ImageVice Mayor 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.

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Seat #: 3
Current Term of Seat: 1/2017 - 12/2020

Biography: Marie Aliberti was a teacher at Eustis High School for 27 years as the Workforce Development (DCT) Coordinator. Currently, she is a Lake County instructor in the Digital Information Technology Program. She owned and operated two businesses and was coordinator for Education First (EF) Student Exchange Program. Aliberti received Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Florida and Masters of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

She lives on a canal to Lake Eustis which she refers to as her "happy place." She has three grown children that all attended Eustis High School. 

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Commissioner Robert Morin
Seat #: 4
Current Term of Seat: 1/2017 - 12/2020

Biography: Robert Morin received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and his Masters of Public Administration from Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts with a specialty in city and town management. As a full time instructor with the University of Central Florida he taught public administration with expertise in American public policy, strategic planning, project management, introduction and history of public administration. He is a retired executive from state and local government with over 35 years experience and has managed departments with 30 to 1800 public service employees. As a city department administrator he has worked with city councils/commissions for more than 15 years. His expertise is budgeting, strategic and business planning, performance improvement and TQM and Florida Sterling Council initiatives. 

He is an U.S. Army veteran serving with the 24th Infantry Division Military Intelligence Detachment from 1968 to 1970. He lives in the historic district with his wife Tina and his son Ceasar. Robert also has a private consulting company, Robert Morin Consulting Services LLC. specializing in public sector management.

CarlaCommissioner Carla Gnann-Thompson
Served from  6/2015 - 3/13/2019 

On March 13, 2019 Eustis City Commissioner Carla Gnann-Thompson “GT” passed away.
Gnann-Thompson served as a City of Eustis Commissioner since June 2015. She took a passionate approach to her community that ensured public safety, economic vitality, and excellence to the City of Eustis.

Commissioner Carla Gnann-Thompson was born in Eustis and raised in rural Cassia.
She attended Eustis Elementary School, graduated from Eustis High School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree and two Bachelor of Art degrees from Tift College. GT spent her career in Lake County for more than 29 years and retired as a teacher from Eustis High School. GT was a firm believer in “It Takes a Village” and was very active in the community. Her teaching experience included adult education, students with profound disabilities, severely emotionally disturbed students and the gifted. She used resources to provide a well-rounded learning environment for her students. In 2016, Carla was the recipient of the Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for Education.

She will be missed dearly.

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.

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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.