Curtis Porterfield has been named the City of Lakeland’s Manager of Lakes and Stormwater and he will officially start Monday, February 4th. Porterfield has been serving as a Lakes Biologist for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners since 2007. Prior to his tenure with Polk County, he worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist for three years.
Porterfield said, “I am eager to apply my years of experience and environmental science education to the Manager of Lakes and Stormwater position. I am very familiar with the program, overseeing similar duties for Polk County and I look forward to this opportunity.”
Director of Public Works, Rick Lilyquist said, “We had some very talented candidates that applied for this position and we feel that Curtis is the right choice because of his years of experience and associated knowledge of lakes restoration programs, his passion for the environment, and desire to enhance the quality of Lakeland’s surface water resources."
Porterfield graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy. His annual salary as Manager of Lakes and Stormwater will be $71,905.60 and he is 34 years old.
The Lakes and Stormwater Division is staffed by five environmental scientists and it is housed within the Public Works Department. The division is located at 407 Fairway Avenue. Funding for Lakes and Stormwater related projects comes from the City's Stormwater Utility. The establishment of the Lakes and Stormwater Division has contributed considerably to improving the health and beauty of Lakeland’s water bodies. For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and its services, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.