Assistant City Manager Stanley Hawthorne recently accepted a new position with the City of Fort Lauderdale as Assistant City Manager effective July 5, 2011. Hawthorne joined the City of Lakeland team on January 17, 2005 as Assistant to the City Manager.
Hawthorne said, “I welcome this new opportunity and I look forward to the challenges that may lie ahead but it has been a great honor serving the Citizens of Lakeland.” He added, “This past year has been exceptionally rewarding as we continued our strategic operation process, we implemented a new budgeting system, we concentrated on new public outreach initiatives and we focused on our organization’s most valued resource – our employees. I am very glad to have been a part of these initiatives.”
Before coming to Lakeland, Hawthorne had a very illustrious career in municipal government that started in Saginaw Michigan where he worked for seven years, advancing to Assistant to City Manager. In 1992, he was able to return to his home state of Florida, accepting the position as Budget Director for Hollywood, Florida. Since then, other opportunities have included Assistant City Manager and Director of Finance for Tamarac, City Manager for the City of Lauderdale Lakes, and as General Manager for the Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring Improvement District.
City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “We wish Stanley well in his new endeavor as Assistant City Manager in Fort Lauderdale and I will truly miss him as an integral member of my management team.” Thomas added, “He led the Performance Excellence Division that focused on developing operating efficiencies and was tasked with aligning the City’s budget priorities with our Strategic Operating process. Additionally, he played a key role on the City’s negotiation team for the inaugural collective bargaining agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA). I am confident his skills will serve him well in his new position as part of the newly appointed municipal management team in Fort Lauderdale.”
Hawthorne is a native of Highlands County, born in Sebring and raised in Lake Placid. He received his undergraduate degree at Troy State University in Alabama and he earned his Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Virginia. He is a certified government financial manager and a graduate from the Senior Executive Institute at the Darden Business School. Hawthorne has been active in the Government Finance Officers Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the International City Management Association.