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SHAFFER NAMED DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF LAKELAND ELECTRIC

SHAFFER NAMED DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF LAKELAND ELECTRIC

NATIONAL SEARCH IN PROGRESS IN ANTICIPATION OF STANFIELD RETIREMENT 

LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2012) -- Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas names Alan Shaffer Deputy General Manager of Lakeland Electric to work closely with General Manager Jim Stanfield over the next two months leading up to Stanfield’s retirement on March 30, 2012.  

Following Stanfield’s retirement, Shaffer will serve as Interim General Manager pending appointment of the head of the utility. Shaffer has most recently held the position as Assistant General Manager Delivery and he has served in that capacity since May 2003. He has 33 years experience with Lakeland Electric and started work with the utility in 1979 as an Engineer.  He is 55 years old and he will be paid $160,000 as Deputy General Manager and Interim General Manager following Stanfield’s retirement.

The City of Lakeland is conducting a national search for a permanent General Manager of Lakeland Electric.   The search is expected to be a 60-90 day process from the start with advertising and recruitment until the applicant pool is narrowed down to a select group of candidates who will be invited to participate in final interviews. Depending upon the candidate that is ultimately selected, it could take an additional two months to have the new General Manager in place. 

City Manager Doug Thomas said, “Alan is the senior Assistant General Manager for the utility and I have great confidence in his abilities to maintain operations during the transition. He is well respected within Lakeland Electric and is also well known and widely regarded among his peers in the Florida municipal electric utility sector.”  He added, “I truly appreciate his willingness to take on the additional leadership responsibilities on behalf of the utility as we transition from Jim’s leadership until the successor is on board.”  

Shaffer is currently responsible for all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Lakeland Electric’s transmission, distribution, substation, and lighting facilities. His career experience includes electric transmission and delivery planning, system protection, substation engineering and the management of operations. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, a MS in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida.  The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.  Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two primary base load plant sites, the 785-megawatt McIntosh Power Plants and the 93-megawatt Larsen Power Plant.

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